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Doorway

Annabel Nicolson
1974
variable duration 16mm
Cinema Performance

Doorway

'There wasn't any film - it was to do with light and light creating a space for information, without the light there's no information.'

'It was created for one person to read and the first time I did it, it wasn't me reading, I asked someone to stand in the space before the audience arrived, with this text which actually was about the night sky and when the first person arrived, as the door opened it created a shaft of light in the cinema - the cinema was in fact just an empty hall - so the door opened and there was a shaft of light and he managed to read a few words. This went on with people arriving and of course being confused because they'd look in and see somebody reading, and they'd think they'd come to the wrong place and they'd go away again and come in again. By this time the ones who were inside, who'd been through that experience, could see what was happening and could anticipate, so it was quite humorous. It worked particularly well there because we were on the third floor and there was this old stone staircase which you had to climb up, and you could hear people's footsteps so there was a sense of anticipation and suspense as you heard someone stop just outside the door. They waited and you knew what was going to happen. Occasionally the footsteps didn't come in, they went on up to the fourth floor where the caretaker lived, so there was all this build-up and then nobody would come in. There wasn't any film - it was to do with light and light creating a space for information, without the light there's no information.' AN

Quote from interview with Felicity Sparrow.

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