Object Trouvé

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Lost Sound
(John Smith & collaboration with Graeme Miller 1998-2001) 
28 mins, Colour. Sound. Video

 

Experimental filmmaker John Smith set out with sound artist Graeme Miller and found, here and there, pieces of magnetic tape, along the street, tangled in a tree or waving from a lamppost. Combining the sound retrieved from each piece of tape with images of the place where it was found. What do the sound fragments tell us about the context in which they were found?

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The work explores the potential of chance, creating portraits of particular places by building formal, narrative and musical connections between images and sounds linked by the random discovery of the tape samples. A sociological quest, a lighthearted form of situationalism and a simple exercise in the art of the object trouvé.

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