Local Authority (ex-Local Authority)

by Ball, Steven

Video 2005

Duration
8
Original format
digital video
Aspect ratio
4:3
Screens
1
Funder
self funded
Exhibition
• Melbourne Cinematheque, Australia, March 2011 • Kinetic Fields, Chisenhale Dance Space, London, May 2006 • Videoex, Zurich, Switzerland, May 2002 • 3e Festival des Cinémas Différants, Paris, France, December 2001

The fidgety movement of objects in the view from the window, which belies the uneasy stillness of the scene, is the scrubbing of the video track improvising a soundtrack of scratch manipulation of midi audio. Local Authority is punctuated by a montage of snatched read selections from London County Council's 1950s publication Tenants' Handbook provides a shifting refrain in this song portrait of a 1920s housing estate.

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