Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Static Jive 1994-1995

This video was part of my degree show presentation in 1995. I graduated with BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Plymouth art department which was then based in Earl Richards Road North, Exeter.

The video holds a single static image on screen while the soundtrack plays. It is therefore essentially a work of soundart.

The raw recording for the soundtrack was made in a single evening in 1994 by switching back and forth between the 4 television channels which were available on British terrestrial TV at that time. A discussion of the United Nations failure to respond in any useful way to the Rwandan genocide is juxtaposed with the sound of a western movie about outlaws and gunplay. In between there are ironic fragments of commercials and sports. The installation was one of several components which I included in the final show of my final year at art school.

The video was recorded on an analogue camcorder (Hi8) and I've only recently acquired the right sort of old camera to access the tapes and convert the work to digital format.

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