Characters from Abigail Child’s PERILS (1986) reappear, this time in a film noir setting, soap opera thrillers and Mexican comic books generating the action. Perversely and equally inspired by de Sade’s Justine and Vertov’s sentences about the satiric detective advertisement, MAYHEM is my attempt to create a film in which Sound is the Character and to do so focusing on sexuality and the erotic. Not so much to undo the entrapment (we fear what we desire; we desire what we fear), but to frame fate, show up the rotation, upset the common, and incline our contradictions toward satisfaction, albeit conscious.
Abigail Child is a film and video maker whose work in montage and sound/image relations pushes the envelope of film/video with humor and ephemeral beauty. Her films explore mixed genres and strategies for rewriting narrative, as well as investigating public space through memory and history.
Recently, Child has turned her signature vertical montage to installation, creating prismatic interruptive and haunting narratives at galleries across the country and world. These include The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, (March 2006); Philosophy Box, New York City, (June 2005); Radcliffe Institute, Agassiz House (May 2006); and in Manchester, Leeds, Norwalk and Sheffield UK this fall and winter 2007-08 as part of the “Dziga Vertov Project”.
Child began filmmaking in 1970 as a documentarian, producing seven independent 16mm documentaries between 1970 and 1976, among them the award-winning Game (1972) and Between Times (1975). In the mid 70s, Child began to produce experimental… read more
this is those types of short films that i guess is supposed to have some underlying theme underneath seemingly unrelated this and that oh and frentic editing can't forget that. i just don't like thist type of stuff