Originally produced as a ‘photo roman’ book, in 1998, The Palaver was created as a story-board for an imaginary film, consisting of photographs that have an elusive but familiar quality, sourced in various European locations with corresponding text. Each image presents a sense of deja-vu typical of the emotions felt whilst travelling. This feeling is compounded by the addition of blue line drawings super-imposed on each image that operate as a form of ‘punctuation’ and accentuate potential meanings within the work. The absence of punctuation in the text, coupled with the repetition of phrases that, in turn, echo the repetition of images in different ‘edits’ create a stream of consciousness that is pulled in and out of focus.
Here, its authors − artist, Andrew Bick and writer and film-maker, Gad Hollander − have adapted the work to create an accompanying soundtrack and the book and audio CD have been combined in a limited edition. Bick and Hollander’s audio CD complements the book version in the same way that a soundtrack complements a reel of film, providing readings of the text by Jennifer Chalmers, Gad Hollander and ‘Bill’, a computer-generated voice.
The title ‘Palaver’ implies or refers to the idea of ‘around idle speech’, the text is layered with meanings and its presentation is both erotic and voyeuristic whilst alluding to the tensions between text, or in the case of the CD, ‘dialogue’ and image.
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