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Two channel HD Video. Colour, silent.
In this two-screen collaboration with artist-photographer Wendy McMurdo, a young girl on the right-hand screen appears to control the movements of a world-class skater, some years older than her, on the left-hand one. The work explores the psychology of gaming in children and hence the interface between the real and digital world.
The work was made as part of McMurdo's Skater project for Ffotogallery in Cardiff. It was commissioned by ffotogallery and Alt-W, with the support of Scottish Screen and the Scottish Arts Council.
In 2009, the film was screened at ffotogallery and at Inspace in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Art Festival. In 2013 it was shown at Tin Shed at Goldsmiths College, and at the Night Contact Festival in London. The work showed most recently at Street Level Gallery Glasgow in Wendy McMurdo's retrospective exhibition "Digital Play", itself part of "Generation", the national celebration of a quarter of a century of contemporary art in Scotland.
Duration: 5 mins 0 secs, looped.
Cinematography: Ian Dodds. Editing: Ling Lee. Images copyright Wendy McMurdo and Paul Holmes.
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