The Situation Envisaged (Video Art78)
Steve Partridge Curator and Festival Director for Video Art78. Marceline Mori (performer)
This work is part of the rewind archive.
Year: 1978Original formats:
1/2 inch EIAJ reel-to-reelType of work:
Multi screen Video Installation
Funding source: Self
First exhibited: Video '78, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry 1978
Technical details: Requirements: 8 identical TV sets, 1 monitor, 1 U-matic cassette or DVD player, custom-built curved plinth.
‘Eight domestic TV receivers are placed side by side at eye level on a wall-to-wall support in a quarter-circle across the corner of a room. Each is facing into the enclosed space and away from the viewer, and each is tuned to a different TV channel from the next. The viewer hears a cacophony of sound, and sees only an ever-changing projected glow beyond and above the line of TV sets. On approaching the installation, the screen of a video monitor is glimpsed through a small gap between each alternate set. It is playing a videotape, the content of which is difficult to decipher since the gap restricts the visual field to a narrow vertical section of the screen. The four possible viewpoints each offer a different segment – suggesting the assembly of coherent information only as the viewer moves from viewpoint to viewpoint. In doing so the tape time continuum is broken – expectations of a narrative progression are both implied and rejected – sometimes phasing by coincidence with the movement of the viewer, sometimes not. Fragments seen are of private ritual… The work confronts issues of power and the individual; the public and the private; the viewer and the viewed…’ – David Hall, 1978.
A later version titled The Situation Envisaged II was exhibited at the Air Gallery, London in 1979.
Overview of Hall’s works by Michael O’Pray, Extracted from the ‘Directory of film and Video Artists’,’96