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Parsing (First and Second Half of an Essay, with Blank Spaces and Mistakes, Running in Simultaneous) 2016
Digital HD file, 16:9, 13 minutes and 22 seconds, b&w, silent
Runs an essay split into two parts which run concurrently and with words that denote status, time and place removed.
The original essay is an informative essay on James VI of Scotland/James I of England and (his son) King Charles I's attitudes to power. I wrote the essay in 2007. At the time I worked at the National Maritime Museum in London where the legacy of King Charles I looms large because the museum includes the Queens House's built for his French wife Queen Henrietta Maria. After I moved to Scotland from London, during the summer of 2014 in the midst the Scottish independence referendum campaigns, I went back to the essay to question the ways in which social hierarchies and place are intrinsic to telling a narrative and to forming knowledge.