Synopsis of Hidden in Plain Sight

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14 minutes 41 seconds

 Hidden in Plain Sight was commissioned by the Centre d’art et photographie de Lectoure for the exhibition Le Pont de Fuite de L’Histoire as part of the L’ete Photographique.  The film is based on fragments of Robert Bresson’s acclaimed film Pickpocket (1959).  The work re-enacts short scenes from Bresson’s film in which the protagonists rehearse and perform the techniques that pickpockets use to avoid being caught. Made in the studio with a small group of non-professional actors the film reflects on the position of the actor and the thief each reliant on the arts of mimicry and deception.

 Hidden in Plain Sight was conceived to be screened alongside a voiceover performed live by another actor standing by the screen projected image in front of the audience. For the purposes of putting the image on line the voice of the actor who performed in Lectoure has been made integral to the film (with English subtitles added for an English audience).  At the screening in Lectoure, a short introduction to the work located the work in relation to my recent publication The Overcoat (published by Four Corners Books) and the routine use of sleight of hand and misdirection by the banking industry.

 

 

SARAH DOBAI, Installation from performed screening of work at Deptford X, South East London, September 2015

Installation from performed screening of work at Deptford X, South East London, September 2015