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BROWN, Ian and Campbell, David and Durden, Mark (2016) Vent. [Artefact]

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Vent is a three screen video installation commissioned by mac, Birmingham. Vent examines popular culture’s obsessive fascination with the excesses and indulgences of ‘celebrity’ and the public’s willingness to consume, and participate in, the cruel spectacle of television talent shows. Combining traditions of cabaret with forms of presentation modeled on televisual spectacle they use ventriloquism and impersonation to comically unravel the absurdly narcissistic and confessional nature of celebrity culture and highlight the in-authenticities of the entertainment industry.

The work builds on the ventriloquist act, as a tradition of live and televisual entertainment, to build a narrative on the languages and content of popular televisual culture. In the installation the gallery audience is placed in the middle of three large back-projected video screens. Two screens depict a ventriloquist act, with a dummy and a ventriloquist next to each other in conversation. The third screen depicts a television audience slowly and mechanistically providing responses, from slow clapping to excited laughter, out of sync with the content and dynamics of the ventriloquist act. The act itself is displaced; the dummy and the ventriloquist are separated and the skill of this act rendered meaningless.
The deconstruction of these familiar forms is intended to allow a questioning of the broadcast and consumption of talent shows and celebrity confession shows as a cycle of consumption.

Item Type: Artefact
Additional Information: An interview in Aesthetica magazine in relation this artwork can be found here: http://www.aestheticamagazine.com/q-and-a-common-culture/
Uncontrolled Keywords: INCL
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies > Art and Design
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Depositing User: Ian BROWN
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2016 08:50
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 15:49
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2473

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