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An ailing, elderly man is listening to a performance given in the privacy of his room. Transgressive and mesmerizing, Karaoke distorts the landscapes of sound and body.

1998
Canada
3:00
Original language
No dialogue

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Credits

Direction
Donigan Cumming
Participants
Nelson Coombs
Production
Donigan Cumming

Technical information

Color
Color
Sound
Stereo

Documentation

Further information

"Donigan Cumming calls Karaoke a "moving still". In fact, the motion in the three-minute shot that this film consist of almost comes to a halt. In close-ups, Cumming shows the face of an old man lying stiffly on a bed, his eyes closed. He swallows with great effort. The camera then moves slowly along his body to his feet, then back to his face. The man swallows again, and it is only then that the viewer notices that this second segment of the shot is the same as the motions override each other. Thus the continuously advancing filmic image reveals itself to be an optic illusion. Cumming also calls filmic representation into question in the relationship between image and sound."

SCHAFROTH, Elias. Visions du réel, [http://donigancumming.com/d_c/donc_home.html] (Consulted on september 15th 2009)

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Keywords
Observation, Body, Aging, Intimacy