6 x 1 minute videos added to the ends of video film VHS’s
rented from video stores
6 x 10” x 8” photographs
The characters and incidents portrayed and the names herein are
fictitious and any similarity to the name, character and history
of any person, living or dead, is entirely coincidental and unintentional.
A series of 6 one minute videos showing a film's 'Any coincidences...'
disclaimer being illuminated by a marine distress flare around the
periphery of a city at night. As the flare burns out to darkness
the girl who performs the illuminations speaks (in voice-over) of
the disparity between her experience of being in the video and her
experience of watching it.
A film's disclaimer (that text which states '...any connection to
people living or dead...etc') attempts to declare (to avoid litigation)
that what you've just watched was 'only a film'. It's a terse, awkward
and disingenuous way of asking an audience to put the film 'behind
them'. Coming at the end of the credits it occupies a dark space;
a limbo land that briefly separates fiction from the reality.
In Loose Disclaimer this text is 'broken' off the end credits of
a film to be moved around in the darkness of a limbo world. A girl
illuminates it, and its surrounding space with distress flares.
( It needs a bright light! ). She shows it to be occupying another
kind of marginal space, the edges of a city at night.
In six one minute sequences we see the 'disclaimer' being taken
to locations gradually ever closer to a city, to be abandoned once
the city lights are visible. After each sequence fades to darkness,
when the flare burns out, the girl with the disclaimer sign is heard
criticising the appearance of the footage you've just watched,...how
it was better or worse than her experience of being in it, she provides
a very real, unscripted disclaimer to the slippage from reality
that has taken place in the footage she illuminated.
Originally these 6 sequences were recorded onto the ends of films
that I’d rented from video shops.
I'd then return the tapes to the video store so that the next person
to hire the film might leave it running, and so might discover my
signal. This was part of a larger project called 'Flashers.' There
are now lots of 'Flashers' in circulation, inadvertently distributed
through video shops.
I only record onto the section of surplus black tape that doesn’t
carry any image, a few seconds after the credits finish. I film
footage of distress-signal flares, which illuminate a dark environment
for about 60 seconds. So, this secretes an intensely bright sequence
into that black space; and when the flare burns out, the tape returns
to darkness. In 'Loose Disclaimer' therefore we see the original
disclaimer 'dislodged' to be moved around the surplus space at the
end of the tape.
The characters and incidents portrayed
and the names herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name,
character and history of any person, living or dead, is entirely
coincidental and unintentional.