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Office is an ambitious short video, with a cast of over twenty performers that were shot against a blue screen and then inserted into a background generated by the use of a combination of video footage and still photographic imagery. Office is set in a life insurance compagy, and follows the everday rituals of this workspace where the ideology of security is paramount.

2005
Canada
23:00
Original language
English

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Credits

Direction
Matilda Aslizadeh
Cast
Ashley Gardner
Tony Beville
Ben O'fay
Mike Hriko
Randy Howell
Jeff Lippold
Rosario Maiolino
Kimberly Eaton
Julie Clemmons
Mike Burnell
Photography
Matilda Aslizadeh
Kenny Strickland
Music
Giacinto Scelsi
Henry Purcell
Translation
Dominique Brechault
Screenplay
Matilda Aslizadeh
Editing
Matilda Aslizadeh
Production
Matilda Aslizadeh

Technical information

Color
Color
Image format
4:3
Sound
Stereo
Shooting format
MiniDV

Documentation

Further information

"Aslizadeh has created a complex, momentous video work that blurs the line between the art venue and the cinema. Projected onto a 10-foot-wide screen in a darkened, comfortable room, Office first boasts a gripping (but difficult to grasp) narrative : An introductory paragraph informs us that the insurance company Western Life is on the cusp of merging with Southwestern, but is seriously considering dissolving their former competitor rather that associating with it. Throughout the video's 23 minutes, we're privy to elusive scenes of office romance, divorce, personal tragedy and professional competition. [...] A meticulous creation on all fronts, Office is a rich and resplendent musing on a thing that's essentially unbeautiful. The corporation is a plague on our working, social relations, on our ecological practices and on our political attitudes - but what good is there in crying about it? Making art is much more constructive."

TOUSIGNANT, Isa. "A day at the Office", Hour, October 20th, 2005 [http://www.hour.ca/visualarts/visualarts.aspx?iIDArticle=7462] (page consulted on January 12, 2011)

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Keywords
Company, Work, Safety, Everyday life
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