Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Walking Over Acconci (Misdirected Reproaches)
Walking After Acconci (Redirected Approaches)

21 April - 29 May 2009

  • Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard

Walking After Acconci (Redirected Approaches) references a seminal video work made in 1973 by Vito Acconci. In it, Acconci paces the length of a corridor, talking to an absent ex-lover. Forsyth and Pollard worked closely with Plan B a sharp-tongued young urban MC signed to 679 Recordings, to update the script and re-shoot the video, liberally adopting the style and aesthetic of contemporary urban music videos.

The resulting film is a combination of reconstruction and revision, a double-take, a superimposition paralleling two eras, two forms of cultural expression and two dialogues; the dialogue with the Acconci piece and the dialogue with the camera – the viewer, you. The piece was filmed in one 24minute take, with a single, static camera. Forsyth and Pollard then took the footage to Rushes in Soho, London to work with award-winning colourist Marcus Timpson on grading the look of the image to achieve the feel of a contemporary urban music video.

Marie-Anne McQuay, 2005

Inspired by the musical tradition of the 'response record', the new film, Walking Over Acconci (Misdirected Reproaches), gives voice to the other side of the story. Like Smokey Robinson's 'Got a Job' in response to the Silhouette's 1958 hit 'Get a Job', or the song feud between Neil Young's 'Southern Man' and Lynyrd Skynrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama', there is a fluid space of myth and rumor that moves between each narrative. Working with young female electro MC Miss Odd Kidd, Walking Over Acconci similarly draws on Acconci's original to create a new, stand alone work, while also providing its own direct, razor sharp rebuttal to Plan B's previous claims. In its confrontation—complicit with and completed by you, the viewer—the film extends beyond the re-make to create its own performative genealogy.

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