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What's That Sound?

George Barber

2004 00:04:00 United KingdomEnglishColorMono4:3Video


George Barber doffs his cap to the 20th anniversary of Scratch Video with What’s That Sound?, a mesmerizing montage of questions, answers, and the cries and screams of people caught in a disaster movie. The work uses as its starting point, the film Airport '77 where, improbably, a jumbo jet sinks to the bottom of the sea. What follows is a clever amalgamation of absurd linguistics, cries and shouts, highlighting the artist’s permanent fascination with speech, and human reaction to out-of-the-ordinary situations.

About George Barber


George Barber was born in Guyana in 1958. He studied at St Martins and Slade Schools of Art, London. He was a founding member of ZG Magazine and a leading figure in the Scratch Video phenomenon of the 1980s, which exploited newly available video-editing technologies and their potential for rhythmic-editing and moving-image collage. His current work is visually striking and sometimes disturbing, and often concerned with human behavior in unusual situations. He was once described by Art Monthly as, "The Henry Ford of independent video."