Video

GANNET BURIAL

Tom Sherman

1999, 04:30 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 366.17

Gannet Burial is "a burial at sea" (with video noise) of a dead Gannet found near Sherman's home in Nova Scotia in August 1998. Gannets are large seabirds rarely seen close to land. This Gannet washed ashore, apparently dead from natural causes, a few days after Sherman witnessed Gannets feeding on herring no more than 150 metres off shore. The manipulated cello performance is by an unknown high school student (Winter concert, Nottingham School, Syracuse, NY). The video noise is actually the signal of a dead camcorder (Sherman's hi8 camcorder had blown a crystal the summer before.

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