Outwork @ The Tramway
Glasgow based Stephen Sutcliffe (1968, Harrogate) creates film collages generated from his extensive archive of British television, film sound, broadcast images and spoken word recordings, developed over the last 25 years. Often reflecting on aspects of British culture and identity, the results are melancholic, poetic and satirical amalgams which subtly tease out and critique ideas of class-consciousness and cultural authority. In this, his most ambitious exhibition to date, Sutcliffe will exhibit his recent film Outwork, reconfigured as an installation for multiple screens. The film was originally commissioned for the Margaret Tait Award, 2013.
Outwork is inspired by Erving Goffman’s book Frame Analysis which explores how interpretations shift dramatically within different framing contexts. Sutcliffe employs this premise structurally, with a series of images and animations which explore the determining influence of titles, prefaces and introductions on images. For Tramway’s main gallery, Outwork will be re-presented as a filmic collage across three screens, including new animated sequences and excerpts from previous work.