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Misty Suite

James Richards

UK, 2009
6 minutes, 48 seconds, B&W/colour, Stereo, 4:3
Original format: SD video
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

The Misty Suite begins in silence with shadowy images hard to identify. After almost two minutes there are fragments of sound, and then an actor reading from a John Updike poem, taken from a late night Radio broadcast. This is laid over what looks like an industrial film about face recognition software. After feeling somewhat alienated the viewer is then drawn in via a series of slow moving zooms cribbed from »Nightmare on Elm Street« (1984), an instructional video featuring a drawing class, and a journey into the cosmos taken from who knows where. Over the end of this sequence he has synced more poetry. An unknown poet softly recites, ‘Bear down, breath… Bear down, bear down, breath…” Seduced, bewitched, and then released, the effect is like waking from a particularly fuzzy, erotic dream, and finding yourself staring at the DVD screen saver… it’s now late, and someone is singing about loneliness.