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Pierre Bismuth | The Jungle Book project (detail) 2002 | 19 pencil drawings on paper, carpet, cushions and single channel video (DVD format), 75:06 minutes, colour, sound | 19 sheets: 29.7 x 21cm (each) | Purchased 2008. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Pierre Bismuth ‘The Jungle Book project’ 2002

“I was always fascinated with the way children can watch the same video or listen to the same record over and over again, several times a day, for weeks or months. In December 2001, looking for a present for my god-daughter, I wanted to see if The Jungle Book could pull her out of her several-months’-old addiction to Winny the Pooh. The idea was not to buy one version, but three or four: Dutch, English, Spanish, Italian, etc. I wanted to see how an 18-month-old baby would react to watching the same thing and hearing something different each time. Somehow, before I could send her the tapes, I was fascinated by the experience of listening to all the dubbed versions. I wanted to give a different language to each character in the same film.” Pierre Bismuth

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