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The Listening Place 2001

Singing the Horizon and The Listening Place

The Listening Place is an impressionistic and visionary diary of a single working day in Cambridge market place. From dawn until dusk it observes the changing rhythms of human activity, framed by the fountain, shop facades and rows of stalls.

Many sequences adopt a matting device that combines two or more time windows into the framed space. Each window shows us a different charged moment in the day. The intention was to devise a unique method for distilling out these dramatic moments from 20 hours of recorded material. As we observe the market place, there might be four different windows interacting, creating the illusion that all these events are happening simultaneously.

Time lapse was used to create a visual contrast between the personal and public spaces occupied within the frame. The woman eating her lunch seemed lost in quiet reverie, oblivious to the surrounding hubbub of city activity. The blackbird settling on the fountain cues the small child to hunt for her father, lost in the crowd.

The Listening Place follows Singing the Horizon on the video shown above. Both films are available as part of the Video Art 1997-2003 compilation.