Hannah Black

Modern Times II

Wall-mounted texts, DV projection, 2 min loop.

Charlie Chaplin spent part of his childhood in a workhouse in Lambeth. His seminal film Modern Times follows the fortunes of his Little Tramp, a factory worker assailed by the law and the inexorable logic of Fordist labour. Modern Times II fragments and unmakes the original film into an imagined series of originary texts and stolen frames. This dematerialized narrative draws on sources including the form of the screenplay, online porn and Samuel Beckett to perform various reimaginings of Chaplin’s Tramp and explore repetition in Fordist and post-Fordist production, film and dialogue.

Hannah Black is an artist and writer working in installation, video, performance and text. She is currently an MFA student at Goldsmith’s College, London.

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