Present Tense (2007, USA/UK) – 8`40``
Richard O`Sullivan’s video works explore the textures of landscapes and the meanings of place. His lyrical portraits seek to uncover deeper structures through the surfaces of the physical environment. This artist`s second focus is the medium of video itself, and the mechanisms of visual perception and cultural understanding on which it depends. The films attempt to explore these mechanisms through editing, composition, and other techniques.
Present Tense juxtaposes 8 mm tourist footage - taken from the top of the World Trade Centre prior to its deconstruction - with later video of that same footage playing in the 8mm camera on which it was shot. The piece serves to demonstrate the illusory power of video`s immediacy, its feeling of 'present tense'.