Introduction

Video (Colour, Stereo, Single Channel), 2007

Introduction is a single channel video with stereo sound that speaks to the unfulfilled tease of cinema. Crossing screen test with soliloquy, Kirouac inhabits an otherwise empty frame to recite the now famous introduction to the first Lord of the Rings, as recited by British actress Cate Blanchett. Playing upon the audience s memory of this popular fiction, Kirouac carefully mimics Blanchett s melodrama, imitating her accent and round wispy articulation. However, her initially faithful recitation grows incoherent as multiple layers of this narrative become entangled with one another in a series of echoes and overlaps. As the delivery of the content overrides the content itself, she creates a masterful conceit that verges on the absurd while capturing the essence of the trailer by setting the stage for an endless loop of expectancy, confusion, and desire.