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Pcock

2011
Video
2-min 30s.

https://vimeo.com/105661189 PLEASE VIEW IN FULL SCREEN

The strutting display of a peacock is both spectacular and confronting. in a public nature reserve with a peahen in attendance, the sounds of other animals and human activity has the effect of undercutting the image of authority presented by the animal; it is as if the spectacle - and this could be said of this video - subsumes the purpose.

The screen image is presented following a sequence of procedures initiated by a fragment of a video recording made on Betamax; captured into the computer and processed in a way reminiscent of the ceramicists of the East, the 'all-seeing eye' of the ancients stares out of the screen as the viewer's gaze is distanced by the approximation of the image to that tradition.