Blind Carbon Copy
by Matthew Noel-Tod
Blind Carbon Copy is based on an evocative script collaged from the artist's personal email correspondence. The emails are interpreted via a combination of spoken, physical and musical performances, taking its central focus from the language and emotions of the correspondence. The title of the film refers to the process of sending a blind copy of an email or letter to a hidden third-person recipient. Perhaps the viewer of the film is the blind carbon copy recipient?
Matthew Noel-Tod's film rethinks 1970s examples of artists' performance addressing technology and disembodiment. In Blind Carbon Copy there is an attempt to reverse the cold, impersonal state of technological communication through the primacy of human speech and performance. Words and phrases become incongruous and weighty as they are lifted from their natural context and reinterpreted both by actors and by the audience. The work draws parallels between traditional artistic expressions - such as life drawing, dance and music; and technology - such as cars, computers and discos, to comment on the contemporary human condition.
The complex shoot for Blind Carbon Copy took place in Bristol in the same space in which it was first exhibited and features a cast of actors, life models, children, and dancer Saju Hari with musicians Corey Orbison and Katapulto. The dramatic imagery in the film uses light from car headlights, lasers and smoke machines.
Blind Carbon Copy was commissioned as part of the Bristol Mean Time residency, a collaborative project between FLAMIN (Film London Artists' Moving Image Network) and Picture This. The annual residency gives a London based artist the opportunity to undertake a three month moving-image residency in Bristol.
|Medium||Single screen video projection|
|Screening format||Uncompressed DV Quicktime|
|Aspect ratio||16:9 FHA|
|Colour / B&W||Colour|
A Picture This and Film London Artists' Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) co-production supported by the Arts Council of England
04 October - 15 November 2008
Picture This Atelier
06 October 2008
'Nought to Sixty'
Matthew Noel-Tod’s work combines an interest in technologies with references from conceptual art, cinema, philosophy and literature.
Bristol Mean Time was an opportunity for a London based artist to spend three months in Bristol developing a new film and video work.
William Fowler - Curator of Artists' Moving Image at the BFI National Archive - explores the many sources used in Blind Carbon Copy.