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Betty (2017)

by  Mark Titchner

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Located in the entrance foyer and 'Teenagers Space' of the library, a type-based video sequence contains the statement, "I want no more guns in the world" by Betty Loades (aged 13).

On a continous loop, each word magnifies and advances towards the viewer, designed to feel like self-hypnosis or auto-suggestive mind control. The text is layered over film footage of library books being torn to pieces and dropped from a balcony. Ripped pages fall and rise from the ground as text rhythmically repeats this anti-violence mantra.

"I love the fact that Mark has used my handwriting, because it makes everyone's work unique to them and it shows people that we are all different and have different views on things."

Betty Loades, aged 13 from Hull.

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