A Matter of Life and Death
2003 | DV | sound | 5min
floating single-screen projection | dimensions variable
A floating screen in a darkened room looks out from a plane’s window as it soars through clouds. Small scratches on the pane are detected by the lens of the camera as the plane rises higher. On two floor-based speakers, an excerpt plays from Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1946 classic.
June: Request your position. Come in, Lancaster. Come in, Lancaster.
Peter: - nil, repeat nil. Age - 27, 27, did you get that? Very important. Education - interrupted, violently interrupted. Religion - Church of England. Politics - Conservative by nature, Labour by experience. What's your name?
June: Received your message. We can hear you. Are you wounded? Repeat. Are you wounded? Are you bailing out?
Peter: What’s your name?
Peter: Yes June, I'm bailing out. I'm bailing out but there's a catch, I've got no parachute...