Digital video

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Burnt juxtaposes the long-ago-recorded text of T. S. Eliot’s Burnt Norton (the poet himself reciting) with Mitchell’s textured images of derelict architecture. Eliot’s “Time present and time past” is brought firmly present in fresh ways. The medium itself is acknowledged (film sprocket holes) and the disparate images are balanced by the opening grid pattern, itself derived from the Eliot text. Vertical writing superimposed on film stock renders Eliot’s words visual, albeit illegible.
—Charles Boone

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Updated: 14 December 2011
Richard S. Mitchell