(IF I CAN SING A SONG ABOUT) LIGATURES
ABIGAIL CHILD (USA 2009, 5:23 MINS)
Exploring the relationship between text and image, (If I Can Sing a Song About) Ligatures focuses on how text turns into an image, spins it in its spot acknowledging the alphabet is history with power to lever. Words taken from lines of Gordon’s unrequited love poems, whose sentences are taken in their turn from anonymous web poems, become a history of sexuality. Ligatures pronounces the poignancy of desire: its power and simultaneously its vulnerability. The women are visions, girls, desirous, delicate, illusory. The illusory nature is manifested — crossing the boundaries, expectations and physical limits. We in the audience remain transfixed. BIO: Abigail Child is a media artist, poet and writer whose original montage pushes the envelope of sound-image relations with sensitivity, smarts and passion. Graduate in history and literature from Radcliffe College, Harvard University, Child has been active in experimental writing and media since the 1970s. She started with independent documentaries shot on 16mm, in the middle of the 70s she turned to experimental montage and in the 80s her work started to explore gender while focusing on strategies for rewriting narratives. Her awards include Rome Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute Fellowship or a Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships. Her Films are in the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Centre Pompidou, Paris among others.