6 October – 10 November 2012 | WORKS|PROJECTS, Sydney Row, Bristol, BS1 6UU
Who? Sarah Dobai
What? The set of Sarah Dobai’s newest film, ‘Twenty Second Hold’, is a realistic recreation of a run down, decaying shopping arcade on the outskirts of Paris. Here, in this heavily used social environment, a young couple act out a series of twenty second stills, ranging from scenes of intimacy to disengagement. On the surface, the film may appear to portray a series of everyday social scenarios in a mundane, unremarkable setting. So what is there to get excited about? The point is that this is ‘us’. This is an insight into how people view our actions, gestures and interactions with others on a daily basis, and how we regard other members of the public in a similarly judgemental light. By artificially constructing these still poses, Dobai highlights the elements of performance detectable in human behaviour as, more often than not, we are aware that other people are watching us. Interspersed between the stills are segments of unrehearsed footage of the actors on set, introducing a new layer of artificiality into the piece. Dobai openly invites us to make judgements on the unexplained relationship between her two characters, and explore the intricacies of human behaviour. Really interesting stuff.
When? 6 October – 10 November 2012
Where? WORKS|PROJECTS, Sydney Row, Bristol, BS1 6UU