Susan Hiller's new work is an intensive reworking of the traditional children's
entertainment 'Punch 'N Judy' originally filmed on Super 8 from a variety of
Punch ‘N Judy puppet theatres performing before live audiences. It creates
an hallucinatory, thought-provoking, social and pyschological revision designed
for maximum effect on an adult audience. The tiny stage which provides a sufficiency
of terror for the child is here exaggerated, the huge scale of the projected
images dwarfing the human scale of the audience and breaking down the barriers
that prevent recognition of the disturbing and deeply-felt.
"... the glove puppets, once perceived from a child's perspective on a
high miniature stage, now dwarf and engulf us as gigantic spectacles of moving
sound and colour, emanating from the four walls of the surrounding space."
(Jean Fisher from the accompanying publication)
'An Entertainment' is a large scale video projection installation, using all
four of the gallery walls and using quadraphonic sound. It is accompanied by
a 64 page illustrated colour publication on Susan Hiller's time-based works
with a major essay entitled 'The Revenants of Time' by Jean Fisher.
'An Entertainment' was initiated by Matt's Gallery and together with the publication
produced in association with Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield and Third Eye Centre,
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