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Annabel Nicolson
Variable Duration<br> Black & White 16mm
Two screen film for two readers


Performance for two readers each dependent on their own unpredictable source of light.

The performance takes place in complete darkness. Two volunteers from the audience are given copies of the same text (on candle power and the fading of light). Positioned some distance apart, each with a box of matches, they are asked to read alternately. Each reads from the point they left off in their previous turn for as long as their flame lasts.

Two parallel readings of the same text unaffected by each other. Each dependent on their own unpredictable source of light. Progress is slow, in and out of sync, with false starts and sudden silences. Sounds become very important. Shadows take on a life of their own.

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