Documents Flicker, by Paul McCarthy, 1995–99

Paul McCarthy Documents Flicker, 1995–99

Medium: Single-channel video, color, sound
Dimensions: 30:00 min.
Credit Line: Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Video still courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Documents Flicker employs repurposed imagery to dizzying effect. This single-channel video consists of an archive of images—from babies to Mickey Mouse, from resort hotels and the Eiffel Tower to a Nazi gathering—that take the viewer on a surreal journey, the pictures flashing by so quickly as to seem like an unconscious dreamscape.


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"Documents Flicker." Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2017. https://​​take-it-or-leave-it/​art/​documents-flicker/​.