(Glissement) The Sense of an Ending

Jean-Paul Kelly

2010, 04:23 minutes, colour


(Glissement) The Sense of an Ending is a video that captures the aftermath of two catastrophes of differing scales. In part a eulogy to the literary critic, Frank Kermode (1919-2010), the work takes its title from Kermode’s influential writing on apocalyptic narrative and features key phrases from his text. Two other references to “Franks” obliquely slip (glisser) into the work: the remnants of a flower pot sight gag allude to the slapstick cartoons and films of American animator and director Frank Tashlin; a scene of endless rubble from the Frank Slide (near Blairmore, Alberta) shot during a disorienting snowstorm implies a boundless disaster.

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