In Order of Appearance, 2006, video, 3:35 minutes, courtesy of the artist
As in the credits at the end of a film, a list of people who played a part in Leor Grady's life scrolls on screen. As indicated by the title of the work, they are listed "in their order of appearance"-from his mother, father, and other family members, through friends, teachers, and admired characters from movies and novels, to artists, people who influenced him, and people whom he met in various places and under different circumstances (some anonymous). The line rolling through the list of names generates a dotted line of sorts. The dots are people and encounters, and the list continues to be updated whenever the work is publicly screened.
Like other works in the exhibition, here too a correlation is created between the line as a continuous form and narrative linearity. In the case of In Order of Appearance the link is especially powerful since the cinematic association results in an immediate conditioning for a story. The imaginary line passing silently, soundlessly, before our eyes, makes up the materials of the documentary film which is Grady's life. In the world of cinema, when the credit list begins to roll on screen at the end of the film, it is the stage in which the audience gets up to leave the hall; in the world of art, this is the stage when another story begins.
Born in Israel, 1966; lives and works in New York