Video

Rune (Installation walk through)

Randy & Berenicci

1986, 07:30 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 860.10

A short document of Randy & Berenicci's epic video installation piece Rune. A walk in the moonlight through the reconstructed remains of language and culture.

The multi-channel installation is also available through Vtape.

Rune weaves together an intricate fabric of artifact, icon, chance and adventure into a temple to the age of information built from the ruins of language, media and mass communication - a post-modern monument that conjures the myth and magic of exotic worlds and vanished civilizations. The entire piece appears to have been excavated and reconstructed on site, seeming to have literally been dug up from beneath the exhibition floor.

“… RUNE addresses the nature of language and its connection to the quality of the culture which embraces it… The artists have constructed a temple of sorts, a ruin of human communication which embodies both despair and optimism, which speaks to the culture which struggles at the base of the construct.” - Karen Knights, Videoguide, Issue 37, Vol. 8, No. 2



Rune (1986)
Installation Master
11:00 (looping)
genre: experimental/video art, installation, performance art
subject: art/conceptual, history, politics, media/cultural analysis, technology

3 separate master tapes of looping visuals and audio for the monitors in the RUNE installation. The combined audio of the 3 different versions forms the aural theme of the piece.

Rune A - Wind
Rune B - Telephone
Rune C - City Noise

(A permanent bronze version RUNE 2001 is installed in front of Hart House, University of Toronto)

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