Defenestrascope, The

by Ball, Steven

Video 2003

Duration
6
Original format
digital video
Aspect ratio
4:3
Screens
1
Exhibition
screenings: • STILL, St Constantine and St Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Crystal Palace, London, March 2004. • Seoul Net & Film Festival Seoul, South Korea, September 2004 • Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin 28th October to 7th November 2004, Paris,

Throwing the view through windows from monumental towers in contemporary medieval European city and town.

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This eccentric exploration of urbanised space revolves around a setting of the traditional 16th century Norfolk song Go from the Window. The melody reconstructed from an ensemble of samples from a variety of sources, determined the choice of a series of views from the window and elsewhere. Framed by a fragmented clapping rhyme it echoes Music Hall and anthropological folk recordings in a neo-rococo vaudevillian romp for the surveillance age.

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