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Barbara Cleveland Institute (formerly known as Brown Council), Brown Council

The One Hour Laugh  2009

single-channel digital video, colour, sound, 57min 12s

57 min 12s

Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with assistance of Dr Edward Jackson AM and Mrs Cynthia Jackson AM, 2011

2011.18

About the Artwork

Brown Council
One Hour Laugh 2009

A Sydney-based collaborative of four artists Brown Council appropriate theatrical traditions such as vaudeville, skits, stand-up-comedy and pantomime in their practice, while making reference to the history of performance and video art. Their work draws on the concept of spectacle and physical endurance to investigate what it is to perform, and how live performances are documented.

The One Hour Laugh depicts Brown Council laughing together for an hour. Over the course of the work the laughter moves from genuine hilarity to embarrassment, strain and boredom. The work parodies the austerity of much performance art documentation and interrogates the conflicts between entertainment and art practice.

Written and approved by Natasha Bullock in June 2014

References

‘Brown Council: Critical Comedy’, Anneke Jaspers, Runway, Iss.18 Autumn 2011
‘Big Show’ Catalogue Essay, Shane Haseman, Locksmith Project Space, 2009
‘Performing Performance Anxiety’, Josephine Skinner, RealTime, No. 94, 2010

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