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Somewhere Else by Willie Doherty

"Somewhere Else consists of four synchronised video sequences, which are projected simultaneously onto an X shaped configuration of four rear projection screens. Each screen is 3x4 metres. The installation is located in the centre of space at least 12x12 metres in size. A separate soundtrack accompanies each video sequence and the speakers for each are fixed to the wall opposite each screen, at head height.

The footage for this work was shot in urban and rural locations in Derry and Donegal. The edited sequences move easily between apparently tranquil rural settings and the unsettling dead spaces of the city. The accompanying voice-over monologue appears to attempt to make sense of a "straightforward story with a twist". However the "story" is punctuated by references to the production of the video: "Fade up to a scene in a forest", "The camera follows him from behind". The multiple viewpoints and shifts between locations and an inability to fix the role of the narrator reinforce the impossibility of resolution or closure."
Willie Doherty
Artist:Willie Doherty
Artwork type:video installation
Material:4 DVDs, colour, sound, 30 mins (10 minutes repeated continuously)
Measurements:Dimensions variable
Technique:digital video
Location:Collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Rights owner:Willie Doherty
Rights status:UK HE use only
Institution:University of Ulster

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