Doris Chase

1980, 29:00 minutes, colour, English


Window is part of The Doris Chase Concepts, an eight part video series inspired by Avante Garde Theatre of the 80's in New York City. is a video of a stage production in which language moves through 'memory-scapes' and non-linear thinking; parts are visually abstracted. Window is about memory.

is performed by Claudia Bruce, who first appears in triplicate playing the violin. This simultaneous image of multiplicity and singularity corresponds to the structure of the spoken text, where a series of similar sounds is converted into different words, as in "to show, to shoe, to issue...". As the tape progresses, Bruce's hand, neck, and facial gestures become a videodance in which a new visual meaning emerges for the technique of debeaming. Chase uses debeamed floods of colour to extend the dancer's body in space. In Window debeaming punctuates verbal rhythms and extends the sounds in time: as Bruce slows her articulation of individual words, drawing out single consonants, liquid trails of light stretch the temporal transitions as if the sounds were physically elastic.

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