Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Douggy G

After my previous post concerning Douglas Gordon's 'Three Inches Black' work, I accidentally found myself looking back into his previous work and renewed my love for his video art. In this '24 Hour Pyscho' piece Douglas has taken Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' cult movie from 1960 and slowed the entire footage down so viewing the renewed version of the film would take 24 hours.

The slowed version allows the viewer to really appreciate the boundry breaking cinematography of Hitchcock put together by storyboard maker and graphic designer Saul Bass, especially in the shower scene (featured above), which arguably is one of the most recognisable scenes in movie history, which contains over 50 cuts and 77 angles in what was orginally a 3 minute scene.

When you think about the piece in detail, you realise that no one could realistically sit and watch 24 hours worth of film footage, but the idea that people could think about the piece after they had left the exhibition, and wonder at what stage the film would have reached at a different points in time fascinates me. The idea of fixing your audience so that your work effects them even after they have experienced it for a short while. I also am intrigued by the length of the edited film, and that exactly the same shots will be played at exactly the same time day after day until the video is paused or stopped, thus creating a repition over a long period of time and a continual loop of interest, in which you could see the whole film if you went to it's installation over several days at different consectutive times, despite the fact the viewer would have no control over the footage itself.

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