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Standby For Tape Back-Up (Ross Sutherland with Show And Tell)

By | Published on Friday 22 August 2014

Brains are programmed to see patterns in everything. When his grandfather died, an inherited VHS with snatches of programmes from across the years catapulted Ross Sutherland back to his childhood and became an outlet for his grief. Looping video segments projected onto a large screen, Sutherland looks for deeper meanings in the clips, as he crescendos into a frenzy of complex spoken word. His words are synchronised with split-second precision to the videos as he finds endless depths of meaning in, among others, the opening to ‘The Fresh Prince’. Watching the VHS over and over, caught in his own feedback loop, Sutherland peels away at the fragile layers of our minds and memories in a profound and endlessly multivalent show.

Summerhall, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Tim Bano]