Simon Starling b. 1967
Short Story, Brief History (1999)
In Simon Starling's film Short Story, Brief History a narrative unfolds in which a silver fork is transformed into its natural material and then metamorphoses into another form of artifice. Truth and fiction mingle easily through the mediating device of the camera lens. The absurd protraction of Starling's production process, and its subsequent notation, ideally paves the way for a fuller consideration of the social and cultural matrices in which these objects are embedded than they might ordinarily receive. In this instance he used petal-shaped strips of metal cut from a Daihatsu Jet Van to construct his own version of Poul Henningsen's classic 1957 Artichoke Lamp.