by Smith, John

Film: 16mm 1978

Arts Council of England/Great Britain

Composed of material recorded on Christmas Day 1977 and the days following, and based on the carol The Twelve Days of Christmas. "7P is constructed around the carol The Twelve Days of Christmas and incorporates similar picture and sound fragments recorded over the Christmas period 1977 8. Using the song as a determining framework, the film is edited so that the picture and sound recorded on consecutive days are juxtaposed in each verse. The film is partly concerned with the abstract tensions produced by the day to day variations in picture and sound, but it also plays upon any expectations that arise from any familiarity with the carol. Through repetition, nonsensical juxtapositions of word and image start to acquire their own unfathomable meanings." John Smith


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