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Song of Farewell, 2007
digital video, colour with sound
4 mins 58 secs
'Song of Farewell' (2007) is a digital video projection that uses slowed footage of an out-of-season rollercoaster invaded by thousands of starlings at dusk. Edited into sections within a repeated loop structure that echoes the rollercoaster's own trajectory, as well as the repetitive flight patterns of the birds and the cyclical nature of the seasons and time. The soundtrack consists of the static of the needle stuck on the run-out groove of a vinyl record – another endless loop that is appropriate to the footage, being reminiscent of the beating of birds' wings or a train travelling along the tracks.
scenes Young depicts appear constantly in flux: between day and night, the past and present, the familiar and unknown. She creates dialogues between analogue and digital recording mediums, the relationships between sound and image, and the points of contact between the still and moving are explored – all of which results in a sense of displacement and dislocation.
Paul Stone, 2008
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