On Standby

Research output: Non-textual outputComposition


On Standby is a work for single screen video, pre-recorded stereo sound and four female voices. The work uses contemporary found footage taken from a selection of recent mobile phone adverts in which women are the narrators or directors of the technology and their representation whether in voice or image is appropriated from iconic material in visual art and film. Shifting between recorded material and live voice, On Standby plays inter-textual games with the imagery, script and sounds contained in these adverts, and seeks out the fault lines and limitations in their construction and content. The close harmony vocal music is intended as a way to access these fault lines, to amplify them and to pose questions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2011
Eventother - Performed as part of 'They Clapped Until She Bowed Once More' curated and produced by Contemporary Connections, 4th November 2011, St James's Piccadilly, London.
Duration: 4 Nov 2011 → …

Bibliographical note

Video production and original music composition by Amy Cunningham. Vocal performers Amy Cunningham, Helen Dewhurst, Jade Pybus and Dorothy Rosser.


  • video
  • voice
  • technology
  • appropriation
  • advertising
  • music
  • women composers
  • intertextual


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