Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty
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stop motion, 2003
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single channel video, 7 minutes
work sample: 2:52

stop motion combines Hamlet's first soliloquy with footage of New Jersey's Garden State Parkway, speeding past at 80mph. The incessant motion is punctuated by moments of hesitation, offering a brief respite before once again resuming speed with ever more force, careening out of control, taunting disaster. The soundtrack, growing in intensity as the piece rushes forward, serves to illuminate the emotional state of the character. The specter of Hamlet (performed by Wooster Group actor Scott Shepherd) exists in this blur of motion over trees, sky and guardrails, unable to escape the forward surge of time, caught in the rush toward impending violence.

This piece is designed to play with a 5.1 surround sound audio mix.
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