Proposal Title: An interview with Colonel James Fitzpatrick-Mayhew, 11/01/2007, Video/Film
Proposal Synopsis: This is a video project I'm working on that shows us an interview with a military spokesman where nothing is said. Under the head and shoulders shot will run news style input of numbers of civilians killed to military personnel killed. The final piece will last under 5 minutes.
I was moved to make this piece by the sheer scale of civilian deaths compared to the tiny number of military deaths. I was alarmed by an interview with a soldier on patrol in Basra who was angry because someone had thrown stones at his armored vehicle. I wondered what he thought he was doing there. My response to this strange and reverse logic is to make an interview with a military spokesman who says nothing, what could he possibly say?
Artist's Biography: John Quinn works as a creative artist and enabler. He has a background as a performer, writer and video artist who's work examines our relationship to media, television and 'real' life. Many of his performances have mixed live action with video; talking to himself on screen or trying to reach inside the television for a glass of water. His work also responds to spaces, finding the comic and bizarre in the ordinary and mundane. A lot of his time is spent leading collaborative creative education projects with artists and young people.