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PHIL COY

PHIL COY

Phil Coy, where petty theft sleeps (2006)

Phil Coy's practice examines film, text and the performance of text as an objective material where rhythm, tone and intonation circumscribe meaning. His work attempts to create distortion and feedback by manipulating textual performance both as a process for the generation of text (for instance, in his taking notes [1999 onwards] projects) and the sounding, or speaking, of a pre-composed or ‘found' text. This process of paying attention to aspects of words other than their meanings can be found across Coy's work - for example, in his application of the Oulipo technique of "univacular" translation to Sol LeWitt's Sentences on Conceptual Art (in Coy's work where petty theft sleeps [2006]) and through the successive breakdown of language and its mediation in his most recent film, Façade (2010), which Media Art Bath will present at the end of 2010.