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The Man Who Went Outside

Thomas, Jennet (2008) The Man Who Went Outside. [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Thomas, Jennet

This 10 minute video questions our commonplace acceptance of the rhetorical codes of the ‘authority voice’ as used in factual film narration, and the ‘reliability of the author’ [in this case ‘director’] in relation to the truth of what we are being shown, and the style in which we expect to see it.
A man (performed in improvisation by Richard Layzell) takes on the ticks and gestures of a tv ‘presenter’ against a green- screen of shifting colour. Footage of his physical puppet-like performance is punctuated by images that sometimes reliably represent, and sometimes contradict an oddly distorted voice – over, that instructs us about how to interpret what we are seeing. Using found images from the internet, this work deploys humour and repulsion to experientially explore issues of our understanding of truth and meaning in relation to context, and taste, and questions expectations of the veracity of certain representational tropes.

Other Contributors:
PerformerLayzell, Richard
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Wimbledon College of Arts
Date: 2008
Copyright Holders: Jennet Thomas
Related Websites: http://jennetthomas.wordpress.com/, http://www.norwichoutpost.org/artist_pages/71_thomas/index.html, http://www.lightindustry.org/naturalselections
Related Websites:
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
"Hijack Reality - Let 100,000 Kunstvereine Bloom" at Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, UK10 January 20099 March 2009
"Jennet Thomas and Jim Trainor: Natural Selections" at Light Industry, Industry City art project, Brooklyn, New York, USA24 February 2009
OUTPOST 10b Wensum Street, Norwich, NR3 1HR, UK2 November 201021 November 2010
Rencontres International Film Festival at the Pompidou Centre, ParisNovember 2009
European Media Arts Festival, Osnabreuck, Germany24 April 2009
Antimatter Film Festival, Victoria, Canada10 October 2009
Chicago Underground Film Festival5 June 20119 June 2011
Material/Media: HD video
Measurements or Duration of item: 10 minutes
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2013 15:10
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2013 15:10
Item ID: 5811
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5811

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