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Sam Austen

Run!! For The Present

COB Gallery, London

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Artist
Sam Austen
Title
Run!! For The Present
Year
2017
Duration
15 min 20 s
Format & Technical

16mm on HD
Edition of 5

Run!! For The Present is presented in six chapters – each distinct films or narratives in themselves, each with a title scene that hint at other unknown subnarratives. The main title reflects the overarching narrative theme through the film of trajectory and momentum. Run!! For The Present is both an imperative, installing fear or paranoia, of escape from something, but is also potentially emboldening, a call to action in the here and now.
A stampede of animated naked legs move past as if we are in the dirt, an abstract field of view hovers and the camera rises high above until an Icarus type free-fall, two figures travel through dark landscape while the sky is littered with cosmic structures, the numerals that head each chapter create an end narrative of their own, turning into a kind of landscape that seems to be counting it’s own version of time. Each scene contains a feeling of a time both moving, passing, ticking and marching, time as a flow of images. Recurring imagery of a surface of dots reminiscent of Polke’s spot paintings, appears in many scenes, like a kind of resolution itself it manifests in different visual forms, speaks of itself as vision and light but also a voice, information and noise. The soundtrack, recorded and made by the artist, acts to relocate the viewer within the image, switching between warm serenity to nightclub panic, a city overlaid by wild nature, creeping horror rhythms shift into crumbling industrial soundscapes. A brief sample of ‘Three’ by Prince’s jazz fusion band Madhouse begins the film as a kind of sensuous but shrill warm up.