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Sicher Heits

Gill Eatherley
1973
Variable Colour/B & W 16mm & 35mm slide film
4 screen/slide installation

Sicher Heits

Eatherley's title derives from the words printed on the sprocket edges of the found-footage film fragment used as the basis of the installation. Sicherheit, German for safety, indicates non-inflamable film stock.

However in Eatherley's installation the title takes on an ironic quality as the image is of bombs being tested in a wind tunnel. Presumably the found material originally came from some German, World War 2, bomb factory test footage. In the installation two of the strips have been mounted as slides, shown extremely large scale in four columns interspersed by two columns of moving film image of the same material. The moving image, projected from loops, shows the bombs swaying gently expressing their relative instability against the wind-tunnel effect. All the images show a background of calibration - the underlying scientific logic of instruments of death. The electronic soundtrack reinforces this threatening image by a persistent, aggressive and uncomfortable drone.

Adapted from 'Gill Eatherley' by Malcolm Le Grice. Sept 2004. To read the full essay go to Gill Eatherley Home Page.

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