I tell you most solemnly (2012)

WEST SPACE Melbourne 30.5.12 - 23.6.12

4 channel HD Video | 16:9 aspect ratio | colour | stereo sound | duration 15'42"' | annotated scripts | found objects | featuring Tom HOBBS and Lachlan WOODS

What year did Jesus think it was?
– George CARLIN


In a series of videos shot in the streets of the CBD of Melbourne, we see two preachers afflicted by a literal rain of canned laughter whenever they read passages from the Bible containing the phrase I tell you most solemnly. We are also witness to the raw material from which the preachers have been transformed; that being the two (professional) actors who play them.This pairing was based on the time travelling scientists from the short lived 1960’s television show The Time Tunnel [1]  a duo forever lost in time but nevertheless always reprieved through teleportation to another time and location at the end of every episode. Despite little evidence in the Bible to suggest that Jesus was prone to great bouts of laughter, the phrase I tell you most solemnly hints at the possibility of a previous omission in the text; a change in tone as the result of an undocumented joke between Jesus and his audience. If the medium is at least partly the message, the (amateur) public preacher's invariable lack of success in converting anyone at all suggests that he needs to examine his own role as a performer and take acting classes. If he is to avoid becoming just another clichéd street entertainer though, what acting approach should he choose? Perhaps ‘the method’ proposed by Stanislavski could provide a suitable parallel to the process of redemption and transformation he speaks of.


Play TRAILER (Vimeo)