Robert Nelson

Bleu Shut


15 May 2010  •  Tramway, Glasgow

Bleu Shut is a kind of audience activating, structured film riddle on the manipulation of time, sound and image. The film is a pretty funny yet serious meditation on cinematic time and is a direct challenge to the film viewer to participate in what they are seeing. Bleu Shut's guessing game manages to allow different clips of film to remain just what they are (postcards, adverts etc) while giving the task of synthesizing them into a whole 'film' over to you the viewer, while still playing with your sense of time with both an aleatory aesthetic and a sense of humour.

“Even when we know the game is an illusion, the experience of Bleu Shut is entirely a pleasure: the 'game' is fun, the Nelson/Wiley debates, infectiously funny; and Nelson's choice of imagery, quirky and amusing. Bleu Shut reveals, and allows us to enjoy, our gullibility within the pervasive absurdity of modern life.” (Scott MacDonald)