Video

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Laura Parnes

1998, 06:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

TAPECODE 528.10

Wrong Place, Wrong Time uses appropriated images from the "reality television" genre to examine the seductiveness of the spectacle of tragedy. This video exists in an area where the division between reality and image are simultaneous. the images are of real explosions, disasters, deaths and assaults, from the nightly news, "Cops", "Real TV", tabloid television and talk shows. At times the subjects appear illuminated through an overlapping of imagery, the distortion through low resolution creates a pixilated, almost ecstatic quality. Point of view shots draw the viewer in further into the endorphen rush. These mesmerizing images slowly reveal their tragic consequences while reminding the viewer of their own mortality.

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