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Outwork

Stephen Sutcliffe

UK, 2013
25 minutes, Colour, Stereo
Original format: SD video
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

Named after an essay by Jacques Derrida which questions the necessity
of literary prefaces, Outwork is Stephen Sutcliffe’s filmic collage
inspired by Erving Goffman’s book Frame Analysis. Goffman , a macro
sociologist, explores how conclusions drawn from events and
interactions shift dramatically due to changes in their framing
contexts. Sutcliffe employs this premise structurally, with a series
of images and animations operating associatively as mise-en-abyme . To
boot (moreover), the determining influence of titles, prefaces,
trailers and introductions – even listing information like this – on
the body of work that follows them is a tension that Sutcliffe
poetically negotiates. A Margaret Tait Award Film Commissioned by
Glasgow Film Festival and LUX supported by Creative Scotland.