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The Tunnel

BROWN, Ian (2015) The Tunnel. [Artefact]

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Commissioned by Kit & Cutter, The Tunnel exists as a stand-alone video work and as a video with live performance piece. This work continues research related to the status and value of the folk song tradition, in terms of authenticity, account, agenda and public communication. Subverting the form, the narrative is set in the year 2516 at the moment when the last train has entered the Channel Tunnel before its closure.
The folk song tradition, of which the disaster song is one, utilises melody, tune and phrasing as a platform to be used for multiple authors and narratives. It is this relationship to the readymade, alongside the resistance of the unique as an essential component of contemporary music, that allows for a continuation of the form to critique the mediation of news events and question the commodification of music (culture) as product. The video uses the visual reference of the broadside sheet, the way in which song narratives were reproduced and shared in print.
The narrative in the work charts the tunnels history, from its origins in 1802, the loss of life which occurred during the early months of its construction in 1988 and Abdul Haroun's recent walk through 30 miles of its length. At a time when Folkestone is at the epicentre of activities and debates surrounding the mass movement of displaced people and the tensions associated with this, this piece contextualizes its history in relation to contemporary debates, in a narrative tradition of the heroic and the tragic. This continues my research related to how forms of popular culture mediate our experiences and understanding of subjects as commodified culture, driven by the agenda of consumption.

Item Type: Artefact
Uncontrolled Keywords: INCL
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies > Art and Design
Depositing User: Ian BROWN
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2016 15:40
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2017 15:50

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