Critical Writing Index

How to Touch the Dead: The Ethical Potential of Sound and Image in Gillian Wearing's "Prelude"

by Andrea D. Fitzpatrick

The University of Southern California Journal of Film & Television Criticism Spectator Ephemeral Cinema, Invisible Media: Sound and Image at the Edge of Awareness, Fall 2006, pp. 54-63

A discussion of Gillian Wearing's video Prelude (2000), in which the artist combines the projected image of an alcoholic woman (who subsequently died) with the audio of a voice-over done by her surviving twin sister. The author draws from the feminist studies of Mary Ann Doane, Kaja Silverman, Drucilla Cornell, and Luce Irigaray in order to situate the work and critically investigate its ethical implications.

ITEM 2006.104 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

PreludeGillian Wearing