SYNOPSIS – When i got back to London (part 11)

September 13, 2013

An unnamed, ungendered narrator visits Vienna in Austria and returns to London recording their observations as they travel.  The resulting film is a document (travelogue/ documentary/ essay) becomes a portrait of the unnamed narrator, although we do not see or even hear them, the voice of the narrator being computer generated.

‘When I got back to London’,  (part 11) Is a moving image work that is part of an ongoing project. It expresses many of the Artists interests, from portraiture to philosophy, myth and science.

The News Headlines in London provide a basic structure for the work. This collation of personal diary, current affairs, death notices, meditations on art, philosophy and religion, creates a chronicle of our ‘Post-Contemporary’ times.

The approach to film making here aims to set a trap. The screen becomes a trap,  set and baited with images. To catch what? A narrative? An answer? A confession?

When does the  chronicle becomes a narrative, and further when might the  narrative becomes a myth and the myth a moral?

What answers are we looking for?

What do we express when we seek the truth? Our own limitations?

The Director also aims to test an assumption: That people are Art. That the whole world is Art. But also what use is such an assumption?

The priority of its unconventional aesthetic has been to reflect on and play out this research. Chance plays a huge part and suggests new directions, content and further research for the next episode of this ongoing series.

In part 11 of  ‘When i got back to London’, An unnamed traveller visits Vienna for an exhibition. The narrator regales us with news headlines, diary entries and research.

The work is like an audio/visual journal, that attempts to create a chronicle, discover insights, and express ideas on human nature, art, philosophy and science.

It represents a document of things seen and heard by the author in the field so to speak. It leads to another important question: Does someone else own the rights to what I see and hear if I try to present them to an audience?

News headlines used in the film are a random collation, dependent on the day on which the narrator arrives back in London. It provides the formal skeleton structure of the work as a whole.

I exploit a number of assumptions or thesis, to see how true they hold. And if true what use is that truth? For instance:

-That everything we do is Art.

-Is it enough to just point the camera anywhere you like and reveal Art?

This work forms part of an ongoing moving image series by the house of o’dwyer. Each part made up from documentary, original and found images, fantasy and diary, art and news headlines, research and  death notices.

I am an artist film-maker curator and writer. Working as the house of o’dwyer I produce moving image work, photography and painting and text based work.

Synopsis/Statement: ( 100 words)

This moving image work (part of an ongoing series) consists of a number of strands: fantasy, diary, news headlines and research, to create a chronicle, a meditation, a visual essay. It attempts to create a trap to catch a narrative. A random collation of news dependent on the day I get back to London, is the backbone for a number of assumptions: That people are art and everything they do is art. That the world all around is art. Just point the camera anywhere you like. Art.

the house of o’dwyer


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