I'VE BEEN WATCHING YOU

SINCE 17 NOVEMBER 2003, ELLIE HARRISON HAS BEEN UNDERCOVER ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT BROADWAY CINEMA IN NOTTINGHAM. BY SURREPTITIOUSLY TAKING ON THE ROLE OF PART-TIME USHER, SHE HAS GAINED A VALUABLE INSIGHT INTO THE INNER WORKINGS OF THE CINEMA. AS WELL AS VASTLY EXPANDING HER KNOWLEDGE OF CONTEMPORARY FILM, SHE HAS ALSO LEARNT A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE IDIOSYNCRASIES OF BROADWAY’S STAFF AND PUNTERS.

TO RECORD THE TIME SHE SPENT IN THIS ROLE, ELLIE KEPT A RECORD OF EVERY FILM SHE EVER WATCHED WHILST ON SHIFT. FOR THIS SPECIALLY COMMISSIONED SCREEN-BASED WORK SHE HAS CREATED AN ANIMATED NOTEBOOK WHICH DOCUMENTS THESE FILMS ONE-BY-ONE. ANECDOTES FROM SHIFTS, PLOT SYNOPSISES AND FILM RATINGS AND DISPLAYED ALONGSIDE THE INCREASING CUMULATIVE TIME, WHICH AFTER THREE-AND-A-HALF YEARS AND 207 FILMS, AMOUNTS TO MORE THAN 16 DAYS OF SOLID VIEWING.

IN AUGUST 2006 ELLIE HARRISON OFFICIALLY GAVE UP DATA COLLECTING. I’VE BEEN WATCHING YOU IS HER FINAL MAJOR PROJECT BASED ON DATA COLLECTED ABOUT HER EVERYDAY ROUTINE.

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