Friday, 26 April 2013

Gordon douglas - Through a looking glass.

Douglas Gordon is very interested in cinema and film.

I saw this piece at Tate Liverpool. It takes a well known scene from the film Taxi Driver where Travis Bickle played by Robert De Niro asks "You talkin' to me ?" Whilst looking into a mirror holding a gun.

This is projected onto dual screens which are placed opposite each other so it appears mirrored. The piece starts synchronised then slowly becomes out of sync so becomes a dialogue between the two screens.

" The two facing images, which begin in sync, progressively fall out of step, echoing the characters loss of control and his mental breakdown. These concordant projected images seem to respond to one another, thus trapping the viewer in cross fire in its almost dizzying play of dualities, through a looking glass perfectly articulates the dialectal inversions, doublings and repetitions that are the central concerns of Gordon's work."

This piece relates to my work due to the use of appropriation and the effects the installation induce on the viewer.
Also I having been thinking a great deal into how to show my work and how this can affect it greatly. I like the use of the 2 screens.

"Déjà-vu uses footage from D.O.A. 1949-50, a Hollywood thriller directed by Rudolph Mateé. The film has been transferred to video and is projected simultaneously on three parallel screens at normal speed as well as slightly faster and slightly slower - 25, 24 and 23 frames per second (left to right). This has the effect of making the three identical narratives diverge increasingly over time, and inducing in the viewer an experience similar to déjà-vu."

This installation reminds me of my use of overlapping and repetitive layers of sound which adds an un nerving element to it. 

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