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THE SEER & THE SCENE (SEEN) * EILEEN COWIN * VIDEO WORKS * 1996 - 2002
1. ...and the daughter married the prince
a story with one beginning and four endings
The story starts with one "beginning" and is played out
with four endings each initiated by a different kiss
between a young man and woman. A voice recounts
the initial sparks of a romance. The narrative plays with
stereotypes of fairy tales and family tales, switching
between and layering the two.
2. Scarcely had they uttered those words
The quest for more than the proverbial three wishes.
3. Business or Pleasure (with Mark Daybell)
A collaboration with Mark Daybell. A conversation on a train brings up
ideas addressing stereotypes about artists, personal expectations and
"going to work". This six minute piece is based on a conversation between
two strangers which starts with the usual question: "what do you do?"
4. Possible Side Effects
What comes after...."do not drive or operate heavy machinery"
5. Balancing the Ball
Directions on how to balance a ball
6. I Give You My Word
Two People who have shared an event that made a strong impact.
1. It goes without saying
4:07 (looped) 1996
two projected images meet in the corner of a room,
a man voices a litany of fears
2. It's so good to see you
2:58 (looped) 1999
a gallery on a quiet street in downtown Los Angeles,
a large storefront window, four monitors on pedestals,
people doing private things in a public place.
3. I see what you mean
7:18 (looped) 2000
a large wall size projection, a woman inviting you closer,
a child dancing
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