16.08.2012

THE MIRACLE METHODS SERIES: Distance Readers

Frances Scott has been commissioned by b-side Festival to produce a new work, THE MIRACLE METHODS SERIES, a host for a constellation of micro ‘episodes’ to be broadcast in Portland and Weymouth, between July and September 2012. The programme comprises four recorded narratives – Distance Readers – transmitted as film on screens at regular intervals throughout the day. A ‘distance reader’ is a term used within the context of card-sharping and the act of marking cards to cheat. It is the defocusing of the eyes to spot fluid residue marks on an opponent’s distant cards. The content for each Distance Reader draws loosely on this history, and on systems for a hypnotic induction, gaming instructions, and the shipping forecast. At the centre of the film is a game, in which four winds – East, South, West, and North – are indicated as players and oracles. They are protagonists within a speculative fiction, in which the playing of the game might pre-empt the space beyond it, predicting the future as a series of present events.

The Players: Diane Allan, Jenni Fleming, Susan Fuller, Yvonne Wilcox
The Dreamer: Tim Spooner
Camera and editing: Lucy Cash, Frances Scott, Duncan Whitley

With thanks to: The U3A Mah Jong Group, Weymouth; R. Paveley Tailors, Fortuneswell, Portland; Larry Walker and Trinity House, Portland Bill Lighthouse; Fossil Beach, St. Mary Street, Weymouth; Sea View Chinese Restaurant, Weymouth; and Charles Carter, Dorset County Council.

Frances Scott has been commissioned by b-side Festival to produce a new work, THE MIRACLE METHODS SERIES, a host for a constellation of micro 'episodes' to be broadcast in Portland and Weymouth, between July and September 2012.