McCormack+Gent

They spoke softly
Film / Installation 2004

In this film you see mccormack and gent reading out loud and in tandem. The two artists have appropriated the lyrics from popular songs in order to communicate with one another, and with the viewer. The artists havechosen duets that have a self or cross referential dynamic, songs that speak of the original performers personal characteristics and public persona’s.

In ‘They spoke softly’ mccormack and gent are playing with memory, the artists simultaneously evoke the original ‘experiential memory’ of the song and  frustrate it with their own interpretation. Each song track dictates the exact duration of each film. Exposure to the original song is denied to the view.

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