Burning Through 2

Single-channel-video (2013), 6' 41"

Design & Coding: MO

Text: Geoffrey Chaucer

Reading: Alan Gaylord


  • Center for Digital Art, Brattleboro, 2013

    Burning Through is a 'reading' of the Miller's Tale from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales (1340). It is an exploration of the slippages and incongruencies between the word written and spoken, and between signifiers as meaning-bearing entities and as pure phenomena. In the climax of the Miller's Tale, a man extends his ass through a window, expecting it to be kissed, but rather he is branded with a hot iron, "And for the smert he wende for to dye". In that spirit, the typographical and sonic material is 'burned through', with areas of visual and sonic overlap between successive words gradually accumulating over the course of the work.