Something of The Night by David Briers

Something of The Night by David Briers
Art Monthly Review, Dec-Jan 2005-06

ISSN 0142-6702

(extract) Nevertheless, the section that relates to a quote from Yeats referring to night and light and the half light` includes fleeting glowing things like Whistlers `Nocturne` and Anthony Shapland`s short DVD Rise 2003, showing a street lamp coming on at dusk, rendered dreamlike by the contradictory soundtrack of a dawn chorus...

The time-based digital works in this exhibition are well chosen. Another work by Shapland, Nocturne ii, 2005, comprises over 20 short real life mini-dramas edited from footage recorded by a surveillance camera over a sop doorway. The one where a girl suddenly runs across the corner of the screen like a ghostly angel is magical. Texts describing the action are displayed in parallel on a second screen, pointing up the equivocal distinction between reality footage, fiction, performance and news.