Arts Council GB Scratch

1988
Barber, George
George Barber’s low-tech ‘cut up’ video works, which helped define the ‘slacker’ aesthetic of the early 1990s, make use of found footage from news reports, adverts and music videos. The short film Arts Council GB Scratch samples a number of different people – from politicians, TV presenters and artists – pronouncing on the visual arts. While some of the people in the film are familiar – most notably David Hockney and Bridget Riley – others seem to have been pulled from, or have since fallen into, obscurity. During the film abstract sculptural work by artists such as Carl Andre and Anthony Caro are juxtaposed with animated geometric shapes borrowed from the visual language of contemporary video games.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 1 minutes 34seconds
  • Edition: 1 of 3 + 1AP
  • Material description: SD video (video tape transferred to QuickTime file)
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  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC9/2014

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