Rooster TailRooster Tail is a visual inquiry into how viewers experience the 'real' world as represented in televisual imagery. Focusing, in particular, on how American docudrama COPS has come to signify 'reality'. The imagery in Rooster Tail is derived from COPS' representation of a dystopian Americana since first being commissioned in 1989. COPS utilises the documentary aesthetic of cinema vérité as a reality catalyst whilst also cutting and re-designing the 'human story' into a consumable episodic narrative. Urban and suburban settings are represented as claustrophobic, jittery abbreviations, devoid of spatial and temporal references. This acts as a barrier to contextualization whilst also permitting viewers to adapt the content to suit their imaginary experience of the drama and the place it unfolds.
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