In 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell, Peter, based in New York City,began creating a Still Film he calls BLINDERS. I wondered what would replace the authoritarian structures that had ruled in the East, what systems are in place in the West that keep people well behaved and going to work day after day.”
Peter continued this general theme in Berlin in 1994 with his still film WÄNDE WENDE (Walls Change)
Previewing the still film’s debut at The Knitting Factory, The New Yorker says about Cunningham:
“These visual poems are decidedly more ambitious than his celebrity work; in the past they’ve consisted of essays on nature and consumerism. He shot his latest still film in Berlin, and it addresses, in a stunningly colorful fashion, how the walls that hem us in are not necessarily made of concrete.”
“In Hong Kong he saw a floating art gallery on a barge which advertised ”ENGLISH SPEAKING ARTIST“.
This led him down a path photographing individual English words which led to the creation of WordWise Cards, now distributed around the world by Catch Publishing in The Netherlands and Image Connection in North America. He also began collecting individual Chinese characters and hopes to collaborate with a Chinese poet on a visual poem.
And here is an Ode to Verbs a 20 second film.