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Duck

Duck is a single screen 8.5 min, 16:9 ratio, film with stereo sound for gallery or cinema screening.

The film emerges from our collaboration with Prof. Sofia Olhede at the UCL Big Data Institute.

Duck premiered at the London Experimental Film Festival in Jan. 2019. Please contact us at crispinhughes@gmail.com if you wish to screen Duck.

Keepers and Duck will be shown at The Bargehouse Gallery,
Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House St., London SE1 9PH
Oct 31st to Nov. 10th 2019. Open 11am to 6pm.
Part of The London Ultra

Synopsis

Beneath Dark House Walk in central London, a plastic duck is locked in a time-lapse selfie. On the rising tide, they’re lifted by the Thames and generate visual and audio readouts as they experience the river. 
Is that a fixed grin, or a Kuleshov experiment?

Meanwhile, a fixed observer watches them from above. And listens. And makes its own recordings. Frames of reference, timescales and data visualisation are juxtaposed in this composite film that plays with place, perception and point of view.

Originating from our work on tides with data scientist Prof. Sophia Olhede, this film combines the human compulsion to anthropomorphise with a random aesthetic and the plot of a picaresque novel.
‘She dreamed she was delivered of a tennis-ball, which the devil (who, to her great surprise, acted the part of a midwife) struck so forcibly with a racket that it disappeared in an instant; and she was for some time inconsolable for the lost of her offspring; when, all on a sudden, she beheld it return with equal violence, and enter the earth, beneath her feet’.
From p.1 of ‘Roderick Random’ by Tobias Smollett, pub.1748.

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