In the Dark

This sound piece is a re-edit of the 1960 George Belmont interview with Marilyn Monroe. By extracting the pauses and hesitations in recorded speech and re-editing them to form a continuous dialogue of ‘silences’, Poiša reconstructs not the famous images of celebrity culture, but failures in meaning; out-takes, pauses, and mistakes. Rather than the perfect image of 'the Star’, this piece makes audible the gaps and disruptions in Marilyn's illusory perfection. In a world in which representation and language can often seem complete, Poiša is interested in what lies beyond representation; symbolised by the gaps in images and language. Such gaps signify what cannot be seen or what we chose not to know; the moment of anxiety and failure in the face of a culture of aspiration.