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Immediate, Site Gallery, Sheffield, 2005
Immediate, Site Gallery, Sheffield, 2005

Immediate, Site Gallery, Sheffield, 2005

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Immediate 3
Site Gallery, Sheffield

Alfred Hickling
The Guardian, Wednesday 24 August 2005 00.04 BST
What is there not to like about squirrels? They're fluffy, fun to watch and pose no threat, unless you're some kind of nut. Eleanor Morgan's super-sized video suggests what it must be like to be mawed by a squirrel, however; its teeth bared like spears and claws sunk like crampons into a basketball-sized acorn.

Morgan's work is the stand-out image of the third Immediate exhibition, a bi-annual show of new media art from the north. But if the squirrel toys with bathos and just about gets away with it, too much of the rest is simply banal.

The organisers hope the show will provide "a blurry snapshot of some of the best art being made in the north of England today", though the blurriness is occasionally taken to extremes. The fuzzy embarrassment of Robin Close's erotic dance with a pile of washing is commended by the panel for its "knowing amateurishness"; though one could equally put its technical deficiencies down to good old-fashioned incompetence.

Katy Woods induces eye-strain with a video of a microfiche reader skimming a page, while Stella Capes presents a perplexing video of a clown performing without makeup, wig or silly boots - in other words, a middle-aged bloke making a fool of himself.

Yet top honours for the most tedious video must go to David Picard's study of a tractor trundling through a field, whose very dullness inspires the most intrepid piece of over-expostulation in the catalogue: "Is it an elegy for collective farming? Is it a Blakean cry against agri-business ... or a modern-day version of Van Gogh's Sower?" No, but it could be one of those public information films the Teletubbies like to watch on their abdominal monitors.

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