Mat-Key and Radio Track (2m excerpt)
color,10 min, sound
Mat key and Radio Track, filmed with two cameras and using a special effects generator, extends Sonnier’s involvement with a direct and immediate video situation. People perform extemporaneously with a range of objects such as light bulbs, gloves, paint and cloth. The independent play of color through color keying allows technological as well as physical activity. this tapes also uses binary systems such as positive-negative images and on-off (the metaphor of the light bulb) both through special effects and literal action.
The soundtrack includes the constant switching channels of a radio as well as the dialogue between performers, often unrelated to the observable events. The interactions between two performers (Tina Girouard and Suzanne Harris) has a certain psychological edge. Its context remains unknown but functions along with the arbitrary humor of the radio track to reinforce the actions of the tape in unedited video time. The sense of a specific amount of time is clear from comments made during the tape, such as “…get the green light bulb…you only have a minute to get it together”, which has the ring of an AM sportscaster..