Acute

2003
Williamson, Aaron
In Acute a normal film convention is reversed as a deaf performer – Aaron Williamson – acts as a hearing character. Reminiscent of the 'fugitive' or 'tourist in- distress' film genre, he hides out in a labyrinthine and derelict Italian castle. The centrepiece of the film is one unedited six-minute take in which Williamson is locked in a tortuous pact with Philip Ryder’s chasing camera. Ryder has limited use of his hands and is evolving a 'hands-free cinema'. Here he hugs the camera to his chest throughout the chase. As in a child's game, Williamson must choose either a noisy run from the camera/threat or hold his breath to be silent and hidden. His imagined sense of hearing is the motor of action.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 8 minutes
  • Edition: 2 of 5
  • Material description: DVD
  • Credit line:
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC3/2004

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