Critical Writing Index


by Paul Kelley

Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2001

Guelph: Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2001

This article begins by questioning the expertise of the writer himself. Paul Kelley describes his own non-expertise by creating a connection between the idea of "someone", "anyone" and "no-one". Falling into the middle category himself Kelley argues that being an anybody embodies extreme potential, possibility and a certain kind of freedom. Kelly goes on to suggest that the rich potential in this idea of "anyone" is also present in the formal connections Laurel Woodcock chooses when she combines digitally edited video footage of a dying fly alongside an selection from the audio soundtrack of Kubricks 2001: A Space Odyssey. In this piece there are two deaths, HAL 9000 and the fly. Kelly infers that these deaths , the deaths of "anyone" traditionally meaning. He states that Woodcocks piece refuses to allow death to preclude meaning.

ITEM 2001.119 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

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Laurel Woodcock