Student in a Locker

Jenn E Norton

2003, 20:00 minutes, colour, English


‘Student in a Locker’ is the implied existence of a physical person, through video and electromechanical
devices. What the visitor initially believes to be a real being trapped in the locker is in fact a mechanical
construction imitating the characteristics of a physical person – a voice, physical appendages and the
expression of anger and desperation. Eventually, after unsuccessfully trying to aid the being in its emergence,
the visitor gives up and separates from the locker. On one channel of a stereo audio track that the viewer
cannot hear, timed tones trigger a solenoid to pound on the locker’s door. Upon the quick realisation that
the ‘student’ is video, there is a disjunctive sensation between the presence that physically shakes the locker
and the ephemeral voice calling for help.

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Critical Writing

Jenn Norton
by Nadja Sayej. Border Crossings, Feb. 2008, v. 27, no. 105.