(IF I CAN SING A SONG ABOUT) LIGATURES

by Abigail CHILD
2009 / DVCAM / b&w / sound / 1S / 5' 22

Third in my series of Foreign Films exploring relations of text and image, how text turns the image, spins it in its spot acknowledging the alphabet is history with power to lever. A letter lever then. In (If I Can Sing A Song About) Ligatures, words taken from lines of Gordon’s unrequited love poems, whose sentences are taken in their turn from anonymous web poems, become a history of sexuality. Ligatures pronounces the poignancy of desire: its power and simultaneously its vulnerability. The women are visions, girls, desirous, delicate, illusory. The illusionary nature is made manifest—transversing boundaries, expectations and physical limits. We in the audience, knowing there is wool everywhere, remain trans-fixed.

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distribution format Digital file on server (NTSC)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 29,976 fps
sound sound
original language English
rental fee 30,00 €