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C H A R L E S B R O W N I N G
This video was directed by Charles
Browning and included as part of his installation
A Year and A Day.
The installation takes its name and essential elements from the calendar
and winter solstice celebrations of the early inhabitants of Europe. The
concern of A Year and A Day is the systems and symbology that people have
historically used to organize the year and with the diminution over time
of once potent and important ceremonies. One such ceremony is reenacted
in The Hunting of the Wren video. Traditionally carried out on St. Stephen's
Day (December 26th), the Wren Hunt symbolically kills the old year, as King
Wren is supplanted by the Robin, who represents the new year. The video
includes other images connected with this ritual: the Holly Man, Robin Hood
(in a pre-Sherwood guise), and the Moon in her various phases. Music for
this project was composed and recorded by The
Apiary. Further questions about this project can also be addressed to email@example.com.
To listen to a short sample of the video soundtrack go here, and to watch the video go here. A note... there were major technical problems in transfering the video, but the resulting textures are actually rather interesting. We will try to post a quicktime version as soon as possible.
(pictures a. smith/treatments document rf)