The Long Take
1988, 07:00 minutes, colour, English
The Long Take is comprised of voice over accompanied by various forms of non-dramatic, acquired footage. It is divided into four distinct and interrelated parts: Film and Death; Sex and Death; Death and Law; and Sex and Law. The work's structure suggests that a different understanding is required for each concept ("death" or "sex", for example) as it reappears in a different context. These transforming concepts in turn suggest that an emphasis has been placed on the relation between the concepts rather than on the concepts perceived in and of themselves. In this sense, The Long Take is designed to induce the production of new ideas. But because the production of ideas never occurs in a free marketplace, ideas generated by the State, as well as other institutional forms, play an important role in this tape.
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