Plan drawing and view of the video installation A Situation Envisaged: The Rite 1980
The second installation in the Situation Envisaged series and first shown at
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, England 1980.
domestic TV receivers are arranged in a circle; each facing away from
the viewer into the enclosed space; each playing a different TV channel
from the next.. A videotape playing on a revolving monitor is glimpsed
at the centre through small gaps.. each so fine that vision is restricted..
suggesting an attempt to assemble information coherently as the viewer
moves from one to the next. In doing so, the continuum is broken. Expectations
of narrative progression are both implied and rejected.. sometimes phasing
(by coincidence) with the movements of the viewer, sometimes not. Fragments
seen are of private ritual.. The work confronts issues of power and the
individual; the public and the private; the viewer and the viewed...'
DH, from notes for the exhibition, 1980.
Stooky Bill TV 1990
Commissioned for the Channel 4 series 19:4:90 Television Interventions
by Fields and Frames and produced by Anna Ridley
imaginary dialogue between the pioneer of television, John Logie Baird,
and the eponymous ventriloquist's dummy used as the subject of his experimental
cameras.. hypothesises the thoughts of Baird and the dummy at the moment
of the first successful transmission in October 1925. To Baird's insistence
that TV will enable people to see themselves more than ever before, Stooky
Bill ripostes that they will be led to demand the fantastical illusion
that he represents.. Given the normal relationship of ventriloquist and
dummy, this dialogue has numerous ironic implications...' Mick Hartney,
InT/Ventions.., Diverse Practices: A Critical Reader on British Video
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Therefore I am Photo-piece 1983/2000
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