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September Dream is a four-channel video produced as part of Speak of Me as I Am, Fred Wilson's mixed media installation created for the US Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (June-November 2003). The project explored how Africans have been historically represented in Venetian fine and decorative arts, including painting, photography decorative arts and jewelry.
The story of Othello, the Moor of Venice, is central to the story of Venice during the Renaissance. September Dream references four operatic and theatrical productions of Shakespeare's Othello, where the Moor's role was played by white actors. The piece focuses on the climactic death scene, editing and reversing the final sequence where Othello kills his white Venetian lover, Desdemona. The resulting video cites the history of colonialism's violence, as well as contemporary nostalgia to return to an earlier, more simple time. Eyebeam's grant of services has enable Fred Wilson to digitally manipulate and edit found footage to create September Dream.