DISSONANCE AND DISTURBANCE

by Lis RHODES
2012 / color / sound / 1S / 27' 34

Events happen once
Time moves
There is no
Rewind of events
For a glimpse of
The actual

“Since 2009, photographing public demonstrations has been prosecutable under the Counter-Terrorism Act. At one point during In the Kettle, Rhodes cuts acidly from a violently contained demonstration to looming CCTV cameras, inequality articulated in seconds.” Martin Herbert, frieze magazine, 2012
Dissonance and Disturbance is a mural drawn out of three earlier films - A Cold Draft (1988), In the Kettle (2010) and Whitehall (2012). In the 24 years between the films - inequity has widened the rift of inequality. The mural does not exist without the figures in Whitehall who are resisting the privatisation of the public. The public assets have been taken and sold - student fees have been imposed.
In the fast lane - they say
market forces move things in and out
with monumental impunity
caught in the wind - on a blustery day ?

The resistance to inequity is echoed in many countries in 2011 - uprisings to
the violence of “austerity” that had been demanded by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The slogan in Tunisia was “bread water and no dictator”. The control of the production of bread is protected in international law - “in no case may people be deprived of its own means of subsistence” (Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights).
‘I took one Draught of Life
I’ll tell you what I paid -
Precisely an existence -
The market price, they said’
Emily Dickinson (1830–86)

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distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 103,00 €