Susan HillerAn Entertainment 1990

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Artist
Susan Hiller (born 1940)
Title
An Entertainment
Date 1990
MediumVideo, 4 projections, colour and sound (mono)
Dimensionsduration: 25min 59secs
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1995
Reference
T06987
Not on display

Summary

An Entertainment is a video and sound installation composed of four synchronised recordings of scenes from traditional English ‘Punch and Judy’ puppet shows. These are projected onto four enclosed gallery walls and are accompanied by a four-channel soundtrack of the performances. The work was commissioned by Matt’s Gallery, London, in 1990. The full projection runs for just under twenty-six minutes.

The puppet show performances were filmed by Hiller in Super 8mm film, which, when enlarged for projection, appears grainy. This ‘low tech’ effect is intentional and mirrors the basic sets and simplified designs of the puppet theatres featured in the recording. After filming, Hiller reworked the footage extensively, intensifying the colours and magnifying cropped portions of the miniature theatre. The expanded size of the projected footage exaggerates the characters’ clichéd bickering and simultaneously exposes the violence of the theatrical pairing of husband and wife… (read more)

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