Lucy Clout’s previous work has investigated the experience of viewing performance, interrogating the communicative aspects of the physical and social relationships between the audience and the art-object/performer. She graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Sculpture in 2009, and has exhibited in commercial and non-commercial spaces in the UK and internationally.
From Our Own Correspondent
(2015 / 10m23s / DV)
Lucy Clout’s ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ takes its title from a newspaper-industry convention whereby an article bought in from outside sources is indirectly attributed to the publication’s extensive network of freelance on-the-ground reporters. Made up of extracts from a series of interviews with contemporary media professionals, Clout’s video turns our attention to the writers and bloggers who are their present-day equivalents, and extends its focus to a number of behind-the-scenes figures whose devotion to the digital/online format is transforming the way that news is presented and consumed. Honing in on the day-to-day minutiae of their work, Clout shows how the journalistic art always implicitly requires an act of self-effacement – to better position the subject in the clearest possible light – while also exposing how the rolling deadlines and precarious, casualised conditions of today’s 24/7 news business create a pressure to perform and a need to deliver that continually eats into all aspects of life.
From Our Own Correspondent was commissioned by the Jerwood/Film and Video Umbrella Awards.