Pass the post­mod­ern par­cel

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Filmreviews -

An­dré Bre­ton’s par­lour game, Ex­quis­ite Corpse ( ca­davre exquis) was quite the thing among sur­re­al­ists in the early 20th cen­tury. The rules are sim­ple and older again: each player adds a con­tri­bu­tion based on the tail end of the pre­vi­ous col­lab­o­ra­tor’s en­try. So we end up with mad stuff al­to­gether, such as “the ex­quis­ite corpse will drink the new wine”, a sen­tence gen­er­ated by an early game be­tween Mar­cel Duchamp et al, and the phrase from which the game de­rives its name.

Film­maker Neasa Hardi­man, best known as the di­rec­tor of BBC’S Tracy Beaker’s Re­turn, utilises this fancy vari­a­tion of Pass the Par­cel to form the spine of this award-win­ning art-short. This Is Go­ing To Take More Than One Night fea­tures wildly var­ied con­tri­bu­tions from the artists Is­abel Nolan, Alice Rekab, Bea Mcma­hon and Sarah Pierce, plus a troupe of seven dancers. T-shirt slo­gans be­come white-board rants be­come aca­demic lec­tures be­come Dadaist dit­ties. Non-se­quiturs reign as we’re var­i­ously in­formed to be­ware of cousin mosquito and filled in on the cor­re­spon­dence of Supre­ma­tist artist Kaz­imir Male­vich. It doesn’t all hang to­gether and it doesn’t have to. As Nolan sagely points out, our brain fills in gaps in our vi­sion.

Ms Hardi­man is sched­uled to di­rect her spooky de­but fea­ture, To Hell With Mu­sic, later this year. Ex­pect the un­ex­pected.

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