You Don’t Actually Die

You Don’t Actually Die

Video, 16 minutes 16 seconds, 2013

What Happens When The Bank Runs Out of Money
Video, 6 minutes 42 seconds, 2013

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Film of comedian David T. Hyde who confronts viewer with personal, political and philosophical satirical material related, challenging viewer’s optimism and propensity to see the silver lining in life’s obstacles. His direct, raw and astute anecdotal scenarios are at once cutting social criticisms thrusting viewer into difficult identification with unvoiced, repressed issues of contention concerning mortality to family values, addiction, personality disorders and economic downturn. His elaborate perspectives to self-imposed conundrums are energetic, bare expositions of the topical- allegories of Monopoly in What happens when the bank runs out of money? to unexpected inverted aphorisms It’s Not What You Look At That Matters, It’s What You See. Yung’s re-edited sequencing mirrors the circular monologue detected in the comedian’s retorts; dislodged from the usual live stand-up interchange, the dramatic and prophetic impetus of each delivery compounds uncomfortable viewing in style and subject. Yung intersperses the very exterior rehearsed delivery of his self-scripted ‘act’ with conversation excerpts that reveal deeper inner conflicts, fears and fixations unrevealed to the audience. The darker truths of ‘howling’ and need for self-validation echoes existential preoccupations of the art process and heightens the tragic of any ensuing humour or evasion from identification.

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You Don’t Actually Die

From You Don’t Actually Die & Difficult Things, Gallery 4, Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing
From You Don’t Actually Die & Difficult Things, Gallery 4, Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing
From You Don’t Actually Die & Difficult Things, Gallery 4, Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing
From You Don’t Actually Die & Dificult Things, Gallery 4, Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing
From You Don’t Actually Die & Difficult Things, Gallery 4, Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing
From You Don’t Actually Die & Difficult Things, Gallery 4, Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing
From You Don’t Actually Die & Difficult Things, Gallery 4, Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing
From You Don’t Actually Die & Difficult Things, Gallery 4, Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing
From You Don’t Actually Die & Difficult Things, Gallery 4, Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing

See this work in context, Amongst Dark Trees, A Clearing, Grundy Art Gallery