being an ear guest to a gossip
Being an Ear Guest to a Gossip invokes a sacrifice of the utilitarian and the valuable into the futile and the insignificant. The edible becomes noxious, and the organic slips into the synthetic. Vaguely familiar rituals, and more specific forms that stem from Anatolian Turkish folklore, are then fused with the curiously antithetical nature of Uster's experience of Scotland to bring fragments of a very different context of post-industrial terrain and lush, scenic beauty to her work.
The film allows us to witness the daily labour of a diminutive epicene creature. This beast is focused upon its various tasks as it plants blue potatoes, gathers psychedelic gloop from the forest and finally harvests what appears to be a crop of rocks. Who is this creature, and why is it so intent on such actions?
Written/Directed: Deniz Uster
Producer/Executive Producer: Deniz Uster
Director of Photography: Tobias Wootton
Assistant Director: Tom Harrup
HD Film, 19.51 minutes, 16:9, 2010