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Photograph: Julian Hughes 

Jennet Thomas: Echo vs. Gown


Echo vs. Gown took two very different local texts as its material starting point; the Loughborough Echo newspaper, and the Sport Science and Systems Engineering departments of the Loughborough University website. A dialectic duel was fought as an illustrated lecture between the costumed personifications ‘Echo’ and ‘Gown’; a live collage of absurd collisions in rhetoric, sound, text and image, mining through explosions, the latent ideologies, varied human aspirations and mysteries of Loughborough life. The work mixed a bastardised rhetoric of didactic academic and tabloid address, into a curdled, sinister and combustible fluid. The performance questioned our habitual, and often complacent, processes of making sense of the world via media and exploring the deceptive rhetoric of authority voices, of the presenter or speaker.

Jennet Thomas is an artist and film maker whose work emerged out of the experimental media club scene in the early 1990s. Often playful and funny, Jennet’s work deals with very human content, mixing visual and verbal puns with elements of the banal and bizarre to deconstruct and reconstruct the familiar into new, dissonant and poetically resonant forms.  A co-founder of the Exploding Cinema Collective Jennet’s numerous film works have been widely exhibited.  

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