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seven films about madness by sean burn

after a recent heart attack and between two operations, it seemed what i was working on could be my last creation, concentrating my mind. i returned to short gestures summing up aspects of my living with mental ill-health that i have used repeatedly in live performance. this series of seven short performances to camera is what was on my mind - each humorously, beautifully and compellingly answering back phrases such as barking, cracking up, screw loose, nutcase or the default media position for depression (head in hands). the accompanying soundscape is an original electroacoustic composition recording seven days worth of psychiatric medicine-taking - the whole ritual of running the tap, filling a drinking cup with water; opening the tablet drawer; popping tablets from blisterpacks; swallowing them; then putting everything away. over the top are subtle 'glitches' - lightly processed elements of sound-art. verbalisations include 'screw-loose' coupled with the beautiful sound of screws being dropped or 'cracking up' and 'nuts' with the sounds of walnuts being cracked layered over this

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