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You Made Me Love You

Miranda Pennell

UK, 2005
4 minutes, Colour, Stereo, 16:9
Original format: SD video
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

Twenty-one dancers are held by your gaze. Losing contact can be traumatic.
Twenty-one dancers play a game of cat and mouse with an unpredictable camera. Disoriented, the viewer is fixed by the gaze of dancers who crowd the frame.
…On the one hand this is like looking at a group of aliens who have never seen anything like the camera (or you) before. The concentration of the faces on what is before them takes away their self-consciousness, and like a series of Thomas Ruff portraits they have an unsettling air of insouciance. But ultimately, the thought one is drawn to, and the allegory the title suggests, concern the contemporary obsession with becoming visible through some sort of brush with celebrity, however brief, demeaning or meaningless that might be.

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