Appearing Act

 

2011
1 Channel HD Video
6’12”

Video: William Mansfield

In Appearing Actthe four members of Brown Council magically ‘appear’ out of thin air through simple, home-made trickery. What seems to be a black empty video frame begins to move and shake. A small hand saw pierces through the surface to reveal the four members of Brown Council on the other side of the frame shrouded in a cloud of smoke. Sporting the same black and gold costumes, they saw through the surface and quickly take their positions in front of the locked off camera to form a classic tableaux vivant pose. This image is held for an awkwardly extended period before they exit frame and the inevitable loop repeats.