In this week's Playlist we present a selection of videos by our our members that explore words and their usage within their work.
Amelia Crouch, Ayes & Knows, 2013
Ayes & Knows is a text animation designed to be shown looped on a TV monitor. It shows a series of words that contain the shorter words 'yes' or 'no' within them. The words alternate between affirmation (yes) on the left and negation (no) on the right hand side of the screen, as if shifting from one certainty to another. The longer words were selected and paired intuitively to suggest multiple possible readings, so meaning – like the words themselves - never rests.
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Scott Massey, One thousand four hundred and ninety two fifty two, 2011
In One thousand four hundred and ninety two fifty two, 2011, I went to the bank and proposed to pay off my overdraft using the words, ‘one thousand four hundred and ninety two fifty two’ as payment. The conversation that followed was recorded on a hidden device. It becomes a piece of theatre between the bank employee and me. Our fundamentally opposing and clashing understandings of how banks operate repeat themselves over and over again. Presented as a subtitled sound recording, the installation and text become the visual material, emphasising the ideas and different forms of currency running through the dialogue.
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June Nelson, Sandbag Haiku, 2010-2012
A piece about people's responses to floods. A video almost at floor level in a darkened cellar hovers over sandbags stencilled with a poem. As the film fades to darkness, the words on the sandbags become more prominent. ‘Sandbag Haiku’ was inspired by the 10th anniversary of the Lewes Floods in 2010 and involved gathering phrases: local people were invited to write a word or phrase summing up their feelings about the flood onto a card then posted anonymously into a box. These were then typed on to postcards and rearranged to form a series of haiku-like poems. During an AA2A residency at Kingston University I experimented with photographing and filming some of those phrases bleeding out into water. Part way through this period, the title gained a poignant irony after the terrible post-earthquake floods in Japan. The scale was so large and the suffering so great that I could not presume to do more than make an oblique reference to it through appropriating a TV journalist's phrase which, combined with the phrases I had already gathered locally, inspired the 'haiku' that forms part of the installation:
On a journey
To a place
No longer there
A bright moon shone
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Candice Jacobs, Thank You Have A Nice Day, 2013
Commissioned by Bold Tendancies, London
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