Direct Language 5.1

by Ball, Steven

2010

Series
Direct language
Duration
8
Original format
video
Exhibition
lightwriting

The originating text is Stéphane Mallarmé’s Un Coup de Dés (1897), a poem famous for its purposeful use of blank space and careful placement of words on the page, which allows multiple non-linear readings. This particular reading employs the progressive multi-screen function common to domestic camcorders in a real-time improvised animation, which through spatial and temporal transformation accelerates fragmentation and obfuscation, repurposing the original text as a video concrete pattern poem.

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