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Why the long face?

Stevens, Grant William (2005) Why the long face? [Visual Artwork]

Description

In this video, a male voice recites a script comprised entirely of jokes. Words flash on screen in time with the spoken words. Sometimes the two sets of words match, and sometimes they differ.

This work examines processes of signification. It emphasizes disruption and disconnection as fundamental and generative operations in making meaning. Extending on post-structural and deconstructionist ideas, this work questions the relationship between written and spoken words. By deliberately confusing the signifying structures of jokes and narratives, it questions the sites and mechanisms of comprehension, humour and signification.

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87 since deposited on 25 Apr 2012
82 in the past twelve months

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ID Code: 49861
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Material: Digital video
Measurements or Duration: 4 min 12 sec
Locations/Venues:
Location: From date: To date:
Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney 2005
Pestorius Sweeney House, Brisbane 2009
Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, Utah, USA 2007
Keywords: art, video, language, humour
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Grant Stevens
Deposited On: 26 Apr 2012 08:18
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2012 08:18

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