10 Seconds or Greater

23 Jan 2010 – 6 Mar 2010

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Thursday - Saturday 12 - 5.30pm

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Picture This

Bristol, United Kingdom


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10 Seconds or Greater is a new work by London based artist Rachel Reupke.


Formally based on the production of royalty-free stock footage, 10 Seconds or Greater maps the logical progression of a director through a check list of popular scenarios designed to illustrate such commercially lucrative concepts as ‘communication', ‘relaxation' and ‘healthy life-style'. Four young actors, two women and two men, good-looking, slim and sensibly dressed, perform a series of domestic rituals in their ready furnished new build apartment. From shot to shot, drinking red wine, preparing food, using wireless technology and working out, progressive variations in role and nuance of social convention are played out while superficially mirroring contemporary trends and popular symbols of personal and professional success. Compiled as an ‘assembly edit' of shots, long fluid camera movements remain whole, leaving visible all available material. The result is a film whose attention wanders between action and art direction, laying equal emphasis on props, performance, emotional and technical content. With an original R&B score by Simon and Matt Ward. 10 Seconds or Greater was commissioned by Picture This and Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) as part of the Bristol Mean Time Residency. Opening on the same night at Spike Island is Sanity Assassin by Amanda Beech. Following the preview there will be a joint party with dj's in the Spike Island Canteen til late.

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