Bonnie Camplin

Tate Britain

The earliest of the five short videos Bonnie Camplin presented as part of the Tate’s “Light Box” series of artist’s films and videos was Good Health, 2003, and it set the tone as well as the formal parameters for the rest. What’s immediately striking about Good Health (as with most of the other works) is the importance of its sound track, as signaled by the fact that one hears it before seeing anything: The video opens with the music accompanied by (which is not to say accompanying) a white screen. Similarly, the most recent work on view, Terrazzo, 2008, begins with sound accompanied by a black screen. The priority Camplin gives the ear over the eye might be expected, since she is a musician and DJ as well as an artist; in these works she uses sound as an independent element that sometimes seems to direct the image rather than the other way round.

That Good Health conveys movement primarily

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