To Thirty Passersby
8mm film transferred to HD video
The last stanza of Charles Baudelaire's "To a Passerby" is staged in Berlin, Germany, by thirty strangers:
Far off! too late! or never!—I not knowing
Who you may be, nor you where I am going—
You, whom I might have loved, who know it too!
The re-telling of a poem about a single missed encounter with an unattainable, beautiful woman becomes contingent upon multiple realized encounters.