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Programmed by Elisa R. Linn & Lennart Wolff:

Carolyn Lazard

A Recipe for Disaster

2018

HD Video, colour, sound

27:00 min

Courtesy the Artist and Essex Street / Maxwell Graham, New York    

 

For their video A Recipe for Disaster, Carolyn Lazard created a continuous loop made from one of the earliest captioned episodes of The French Chef from 1972 —a half-hour lesson on how to prepare an omelet, presented in its entirety. Augmenting this source material, Lazard has included their own voice as audio captioning, providing verbal descriptions of on-screen actions for blind and low-vision audiences. They have further added a kind of manifesto, rendered in crawling, yellow, all-caps lettering, that is simultaneously read by a second voice. Like Child and her omelets, Lazard combines three simple ingredients—image, sound, text—yielding a work that is variously legible, or illegible, depending on who encounters it. (Light Industry 2019)