Blind Carbon Copy
Date: 04 October - 15 November 2008
Location: Picture This Atelier, Bristol, UK

large projection of woman's head with green laser light


  • 1Blind Carbon Copy installed at Picture This, 2008
  • 2Blind Carbon Copy installed at Picture This, 2008
  • 3Blind Carbon Copy installed at Picture This, 2008
  • 4Blind Carbon Copy installed at Picture This, 2008
  • 5Matthew Noel Tod in conversation with Peter Hawkins at Picture This

Blind Carbon Copy installed at Picture This, 2008


Blind Carbon Copy was presented as a single screen projection in the same space it was filmed in.

Blind Carbon Copy is based on an evocative script collaged from the artist's personal email correspondence. The emails are interpreted via a combination of spoken, physical and musical performances, taking its central focus from the language and emotions of the correspondence. The title of the film refers to the process of sending a blind copy of an email or letter to a hidden third-person recipient. Perhaps the viewer of the film is the blind carbon copy recipient?

Noel-Tod's film rethinks 1970s examples of artists' performance addressing technology and disembodiment. In Blind Carbon Copy there is an attempt to reverse the cold, impersonal state of technological communication through the primacy of human speech and performance. Words and phrases become incongruous and weighty as they are lifted from their natural context and reinterpreted both by actors and by the audience. The work draws parallels between traditional artistic expressions - such as life drawing, dance and music; and technology - such as cars, computers and discos, to comment on the contemporary human condition.

The complex shoot for Blind Carbon Copy featured a cast of actors, life models, children, and dancer Saju Hari with musicians Corey Orbison and Katapulto. The dramatic imagery in the film uses light from car headlights, lasers and smoke machines.


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