Points of View

Ian Haddow

1985, 11:00 minutes, colour, English


The piece reveals an interest in analysis and structure from the point of view of the narrative as well as with the video medium itself. The opening sequence prepares the viewer by elaborating on the idea of the human's desire for a convenient and painless lifestyle. The event which sparks off the various behavioural patterns is implied without being specified. The resulting responses dealt with are: extreme conservatism, alcoholism, self awareness through teachings/religion, and finally suicide.

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