Don't Go Out Walkin' is a black and white video projection that explores clichés that have historically been presented within the cinematic genre of Film Noir, re-presenting them as triggers for our psychological fear of the unknown. The work assumes a similarity with Film Noir type cinema in order to emphasise the techniques within this cinematic milieu that create an irrational fear of the most ordinary of daily activities (such as walking alone at night), and points to the sensationalised and dramatised scenarios that one might imagine. Juxtaposed against this is the sugary surface of a pop song with lyrics that gently mock the paranoid inventions of a hyperactive imagination.
Don't Go Out Walkin' is in essence a miniature thriller packaged with an antidote.
This project was supported by a Pat Corrigan artist grant, managed by NAVA with financial assistance from the Australia Council.
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Seven nights after dark