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A Situation Envisaged: The Rite

David Hall
1980

Multi-screen video installation.

A Situation Envisaged: The Rite

In the second of the Situation Envisaged series 16 domestic TV receivers are arranged in a circle; each facing away from the viewer into the enclosed space; each playing a different broadcast TV channel from the next...

'A videotape playing on a revolving monitor is glimpsed at the centre through small gaps.. each is so fine that vision is restricted.. suggesting an attempt to assemble information coherently as the viewer moves from one to the next. In doing so the continuum is broken. Expectations of narrative progression are both implied and rejected.. sometimes phasing by coincidence with the movements of the viewer, sometimes not. Fragments seen are of private ritual.. The work confronts issues of power and the individual; the public and the private; the viewer and the viewed...'
DH, from notes for the exhibition, 1980.

First exhibited at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, 1980.

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