Lee Hassall [England]
"Like A Budgie With Two Mirrors"
performance 15.00 - 18.30
Saturday 3rd February 2001
4th - 18th February 2001
"Like A Budgie with Two Mirrors" is a simile used for
a state of paranoia. The budgie within the cage is an enforced portrait.
The piece combines live introductory action with 16mm film footage
transferred to video. The film is shot using the single frame function
of the camera, making each frame a self portrait. An eye appears
alongside the budgie, made visible via the mirror hanging inside
the cage. The single frame footage strangely animates both the budgie
and the eye. A reel to reel tape player is playing a variety of
wild bird song in the space.
"In the last two years I have been using film as a sculptural
tool to explore differing types of inhabited space. Using film is
a way of focusing on objects and subjects offering them an extended
eye. The 16mm films are silent and mostly show people involved in
habitual/mundane activities. These portrayals become strangely stimulating.
Tiny details, because of the absence of larger events, acquire unexpected
importance and drama."
Lee Hassall is a graduate of the Slade School of Art  and
completed an MA at Chelsea School of art in 1999. He has recently
completed a major commissioned work along the Sustrans National
Cycle Network and presented installation work at Fordham, London.