Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Dogman and Snakewoman

Two pictures that I prefer not to look at alone late at night.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Press reports on our Swedish exhibition

Articles about our exhibition in Sweden, titled Removed from the Eyes of Strangers.

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Nightcruising

video

Nightcruising (2009) is a new video that I made to screen at Galleri Andersson/Sandström in Sweden, for the exhibition Removed From the Eyes of Strangers (part of the European tour of "Unheimlich" exhibitions organised by Matt Roberts Arts). The gallery pre-viewed the video and chose to withdraw it from the exhibition due to the sexual content. Instead, two large prints of images taken from the video were exhibited.

For Nightcruising I re-edited video clips from a porn scene shot at night on London's Hampstead Heath, manipulating the sound and speed of the footage to emphasise the ominous character of the nocturnal woodland setting and the activities taking place in it.

Turn the sound up on this one, and if you have headphones then listen to it through them - there's a lot going on in the bass end of the soundtrack to this video, which you won't hear on standard monitor or laptop speakers.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Kittiwat Unarrom cannibal bread

Kittiwat Unarrom Matt LippiattKittiwat Unarrom Matt Lippiatt"Thai artist Kittiwat Unarrom indulges everyone’s secret burning desire to engage in cannibalism; since 2006, he has been sculpting severed heads, hands, feet, torsos, and other body parts out of bread. The results are baked and taste delicious (cashew, raisins, and chocolate are included). Sold at his family’s bakery in Ratchaburi, Thailand, the vividly realistic body parts (check out the pictures) are wrapped like food in plastic. Demand is steadily growing. At last, you can experience the fun of eating someone without the guilt."

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Svengali

"Whether any viewers ever found Gabbo or his dummy uncanny I do not know. It does seem to me more likely that such a feeling was elicited by another film of the period, Svengali (Mayo, 1931). In the most famous sequence in this film, the title character (John Barrymore) summons Trilby (Marian Marsh) across several Paris streets to his attic studio.
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I find this sequence powerfully evoking the uncanniness of early sound films."

Spadoni, Robert pp.41-2 Uncanny Bodies 2007

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

David Lynch essay

Here's a link to an essay about Psychological Horror in the Films of David Lynch.

David Lynch Mullholland DriveThe aim of the essay is, "to investigate the links between psychology, as presented by Sigmund Freud in his essay The 'Uncanny' (1919) and Carl G. Jung in his book Man and His Symbols (1979), and the imagery and tension created by David Lynch in his films."