VULGAR ERRORS RESIDENCY Day 3
After the first 2 really good days at the project space, days 3 and 4 have been a bit more of a struggle. Maybe some people will come along to my open studio tomorrow and help me work things out!
My aim was to try and develop a short video piece using text from Thomas Browne and combining this with some footage I have downloaded from you tube.
The footage includes video of people who are purported to be benefit cheats (presumably filmed by spying neighbours), baby swallows, mouths open for food, and a video of a snake eating another snake.
When I project each separate bit of footage along with the text pieces in the space I like how they look, but making them into a single channel video piece is harder. My hope is that the Browne text will give an interesting reading to the footage and it not seem like a simplistic comparison of benefit cheats with snakes (for example), which is not my aim. The interesting thing about the footage of ‘benefit cheats’ is that they are just people walking around, shopping etc but it’s quite compelling to watch. I have excluded any videos where the people are doing ‘active’ things like dancing, karate etc or where horrible things happen such as someone falling off a mobility scooter and then getting up to walk.
So, I feel there is something interesting in the footage and in the words…but maybe they don’t work together. Or maybe it is just going to take a little bit longer. At the moment the text, which I will probably add as a voiceover, starts off okay (N.B. okay, not brilliant!) but then gradually disintegrates. I have pasted an extract below. I’m hoping for a brainwave overnight.
1. A solemn song to welcome in the swallow.
Though useless unto us,
and rather of molestation
we commonly refrain from killing Swallows
We esteem it unlucky to destroy them
These birds that were sacred unto houshold gods of the ancients,
and therefore were preserved,
and to the Rhodians, who had a solemn song to welcome in the swallow
Do not harbour Swallows in your Houses
His advice notwithstanding, we do not contemn,
those who daily admit and cherish them.
For in his injunction a caution only is implied, do not entertain ungrateful and thankless persons,
Brazenly living off the labour of others
They fail to take responsibility for their own circumstances