Little Poet Thomas (2017)
16:9 HD video | colour | sound | duration 2'16"
Two young women in a cemetery at night ask a wizard using a gravestone as a Pythagorean veil to recite his latest poem. The persistent interruption of a film production clapperboard in the foreground reveals the reading to be an ongoing attempt to transform the literary material into the visual medium of film. The presence of the clapperboard suggests his amateurish performance and missed cues may in time be corrected through subsequent takes. The angle of the large gravestone however is also counterpoised to fall, crushing anything that happens to be standing behind it into permanent invisibility.
Featuring Jane SAFARIAN and Beth OTENSTEIN
Appropriated Sound The Writers Block with Virginia and Karla (2007)
Source: SYN Radio at RMIT University originally broadcast on 90.7 FM
Poetry sample Elegy in a Country Churchyard by Thomas GRAY (1750)
First shown in SOMETHING'S TRYING TO TELL US SOME THINGS
Curated by Kieran Boland for FIVE WALLS PROJECTS August 2017
Thanks to Johnson Nguyen, James Thorn, Aaron Martin and Christian Bishop