Blind Carbon Copy

Talent Showcase 2008
  • Scheme: Bristol Mean Time
  • People: Matthew Noel-Tod
  • Duration: 55'

Blind Carbon Copy Video

Film Information

  • Year of commission: 2008
  • Year of release: 2008


  • Artist: Matthew Noel-Tod

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 newly produced 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' took place in Bristol in the same space in which it will be exhibited and features 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.

Matthew Noel-Tod's work combines an interest in technologies with references from conceptual art, cinema, philosophy and literature. Having exhibited internationally since 1999, Noel-Tod has explored and refined his ability to create multi-expressional videos that display a range of aesthetics and explore the interplay between words and the moving image.

Distribution: LUX

Actors: Lisa Armytage, Sally-Anne Beighton, Sean Carlsen, Rohini Drury, Adam Peck, David Rogers, Billy Harper, Alex James, Harriet Phillips
Life Models: Michaela Dunne, Huw Griffiths, Angela Kelly
Musicians: Corey Orbison Katapulto
Dancer: Saju Hari
Life Drawers: Rebecca Cowley, Haywood Slucutt, Paul Grimmer, Elliot Dear, Dominic Pitt, Nagea Rose, Jamie Walling, Ellen Wilkinson, Edie Westrup, William Gouldsmith, Esme Gouldsmith, Oscar Hernandez-Hughes, Louis McMurtry, Matilda Monger, Josephine O’Connor, Anna O’Connor

Director of Photography: Jaime Feliu-Torres
Camera: Nicholas Sargeant
Assistant Camera: Edward Tucker
Sound Recordist: Paul Baker
Hair and Make-up: Becky Skinner
Production Assistance: Elizabeth Bowley, Edward Tucker, Ellen Wilkinson
Stills Photography: Sarah Bentley
Additional Music: Thomas Stone and guests
Sound Post-Production: David Panos

Thanks to: Louise Alexander at BAM Associates, Nocholas Sargeant LCF The Place Stuart Bunce Jerry Ortmans

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