HD video, colour, sound; 10 mins
Edition of 5 + 2 AP
Oliver Laric's most recent film is populated by five CGI (Computer-generated imagery) characters, who pair off in a format resembling speed dating. Each one speaks to the other four, recycling 15 idioms that shift in meaning, but not form, as their partners respond. Some pairings seem to have a spark of romance: Janus replies, "We're on the same page" to Alice's statement that it's "…going better than expected." Others are painfully curt: in her conversation with Lewis, Alice's line, "It's going better than expected" is met with, "This isn't for me." The unstable meaning of any utterance is explored by Laric in '5', illustrating Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of dialogism – the concept that any discourse acknowledges its relationship both to the past – which it is responding to – and the future – whose response it anticipates.