This work is part of the rewind archive.
Duration: 9mins 35secs
Year: 1977Original formats:
1/2 inch EIAJ reel-to-reel, high densityType of work:
Single screen B&W video
Funding source: Self / state
First exhibited: 1978 2B Butler's Wharf
Technical details: Recorded in the video studio at the Royal College of Art.
Further known screenings:
1978 London Video Arts
1980 Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry
1981 Chelsea School of Art
2003 – Tate Britain Gallery, A Century of British Artist’s Film and Video
“With Trialogue I was beginning to want to work in a more controlled way, trying to use video across multiple monitors and multiple layers of recording to explore ideas that went beyond looking at the nature of the medium. This piece layers three parts of a single narrative across three monitors contained within a single tape. I think it was the first time I used words in a narrative sense in a video tape – as distinct from words as numbers or as incidental to an action.
There was also an element of accepting and following the logic of the necessity of the performance action, rather than fitting the action to the medium. It was not ‘entertainment’ – more it was the analysis of a proposition. However, by default perhaps, in this piece a poetic element emerges especially in the first layer, then to a lesser extent in the second, and finally is lost with the addition of the third layer that completes the statement and removes any space for interpretation or creative contribution from a viewer.” David Critchley