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Paul Tarragó’s Paul and the Badger

  • preceding each screening of the season

Part of Fall 2010

UK artist Paul Tarragó’s 8-part video Paul and the Badger (2005 — 9) will screen as a serial throughout the fall, with episodes preceding each screening of the season.

Recasting a glove puppet TV show through his own present-day sensibilities, Paul assumes the role of kindly uncle mentor to a household of capersome woodland creatures. Mortality, self-sacrifice, depression, altered states of consciousness and transgressive art practices are all explored as part of their everyday lives together. Meanwhile, the show is mindful to adhere to the traditional structural formulae, with entertainment numbers and routines appropriate to the scaled-down sitcom world that they occupy. The series is equal parts moral instruction and narrative play, mediated through the forced fit of an experimental filmmaker as children’s entertainer.

 

Paul Tarragó’s Paul and the Badger, Episode 3 - Bedridden

Episode 6 - The Squirrel's desperate phone call

Paul Tarragó’s Paul and the Badger, Episode 2 - PRODUCTION STILL

Episode 2 - PRODUCTION STILL

Paul Tarragó’s Paul and the Badger, Episode 5 - Phoebe and the brush microphone

Episode 5 - Phoebe and the brush microphone

Paul Tarragó’s Paul and the Badger, Episode 5 - Panda protesters

Episode 5 - Panda protesters

Paul Tarragó’s Paul and the Badger, Episode 1 - The Badger asks a question

Episode 1 - The Badger asks a question

Paul Tarragó’s Paul and the Badger, Episode 7 - The Badger and the smoke machine

Episode 7 - The Badger and the smoke machine

Paul Tarragó’s Paul and the Badger, STAMPS

STAMPS

Paul Tarragó’s Paul and the Badger, Episode 2 - Soo’s performance past

Episode 2 - Soo’s performance past

Paul Tarragó’s Paul and the Badger, Episode 7 - Mr. Paul’s unpleasant memory

Episode 7 - Mr. Paul’s unpleasant memory

Paul Tarragó’s Paul and the Badger, Episode 5 - kittens watch

Episode 5 - kittens watch

Paul Tarragó’s Paul and the Badger, Episode 6 - Gustav

Episode 6 - Gustav

Paul Tarragó’s Paul and the Badger, Episode 3 - Bedridden

Episode 3 - Bedridden

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