Every Evening Freedom

2002, 2:45 min, color, sound

In a series of short pieces drawn from his ongoing feature film project Behold Goliath, Kalin further develops the method of on-screen, appropriated, literary texts that he employed in Third Known Nest. The title of the series is a reference to the stories of writer and critic Alfred Chester (1928-1971), quotations from whom feature prominently in these short but densely edited montages. Chester's phrases are recited by computer voice synthesizers, and are also manipulated graphically amidst a palimpsest of animated drawings and video images.

Every Evening Freedom is a brief but dense visual essay on work, freedom, and the division of public and private lives, Alfred Chester's character Goliath stands in for modern, Westernized office workers. Lines from Chester's text, floating across the screen, are accompanied by Kalin's elusive depictions of the "9 to 5" life and the "5 to 9" life.

Text: Alfred Chester, "Behold Goliath." Music: Eno, Moebius, Roedelius, Tzima N'arki. Computer voices: Agnes, Bruce, Fred, Kathy, Ralph, Victoria.