It was a lover and his lass

2020
Country: UK
Duration: 0 mins
|50 Seconds
Colour: B&W
Available Format/s: SD Video: Prores, H264.mov
Original Format: SD Video
Themes: 
  • Animals
  • Art and Artists
  • Autobiography
  • Collage
  • Desire
  • Found Footage
  • Histories
  • Human Condition
  • Humour
  • Identity
  • Intimacy
  • Literature
  • Love
  • Music and sound
  • Performance
  • Television

“It was a lover and his lass” a single-channel, video collage by Stephen Sutcliffe takes its title and soundtrack from a song in Act 5, Scene 3 of William Shakespeare’s play ‘As You like It’ (c.1599). A woman sings along to a recording of the song whilst sharpening a knife. Loaded with innuendo and celebrating the promise of spring, Shakespeare’s lyric is disrupted by the sinister scraping of steel. The soundtrack is accompanied by found footage (re-rendered by Sutcliffe through a digital e-reader) of a fish tank. What could initially seem to be playful courting is in fact a fight to the death performed by a pair of Siamese fighting fish (Betta splendens). This work continues Sutcliffe’s interest in iconoclasm, collage, the incongruity of digital and analogue technologies and in the collision of literature and film.

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UK
, 2007
1 Minutes

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