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Baby Please Don't Go

Grant Stevens
2004

Baby Please Don’t Go casts a small fragment of a scene from the film ‘Apocalypse Now’ into a seemingly endless loop. It shows Martin Sheen’s character moving backwards and forwards in a methodical, trance-like dance to a Led Zeppelin song.

At first his movements seem to match the rhythm of the music. However, through its incessant repetition and internal looping, the dance becomes increasingly at odds with the uninhibited ideological and formal characteristics of the song. 

 

Grant Stevens, Baby Please Don’t Go, 2004, digital video, stereo sound, 4:22 min. Grant Stevens is represented by Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney.