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Performance

Sullivan and Flint, The Thing Is, performance at Motorcade / FlashParade in Bristol, 2012. © Thomas Heming.

21.5.2014 at 19:00

Conversation Piece

artist(s): Christine Sullivan, Rob Flint

Continuing a series of performances which examines the viewers attention to narrative by withholding the visual content of the cinema experience, Christine Sullivan and Rob Flint propose a work exploring listening as surveillance, and the overlapping of listening and overhearing as intentional acts. Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 film, The Conversation is a narrative of listening and overhearing. It is also a record of a time when wiretapping and amplified listening were tools of espionage, and crime-fighting, when the data was temporal, and when communications were 'bugged', rather than 'hacked'. Now a renewed interest in the politics of privacy and surveillance in the age of the Internet brings further significance to this paranoiac tale of the listener's implication within what is overheard.

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Sullivan and Flint, The Thing Is, performance at Motorcade / FlashParade in Bristol, 2012. © Thomas Heming.