Video

Plato's Chair

Paul Couillard

1990, 07:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 004.03

Plato's Chair is an adaptation from a video installation originally produced as part of Programs, a performance work about social conditioning. Through an authoritative voice-over that recalls the Friendly Giant (storyteller to a generation of Canadian children), viewers are taken on an adventure to the world of Plato's "Theory of Ideas." In this hypnotic, ethereal reality, we are told idea and form have a real existence outside the world of sense. The "ideal" chair floats against a flickering backdrop as the voice-over conducts its inquiry into the nature of virtue. Here, at last, the viewers are given a chance to view a perfect world where all objects are reduced to their ideal; the world's name is television.

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