Photograph by Matthew Arthur Williams, courtesy of Transmission, Glasgow.



Chantal after James Bidgood and Jean Genet is a video filmed and edited within Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, as part of the exhibition But what was most awful was a girl who was singing. Inspired by filmmaker James Bidgood's failed pornographic adaptation of Jean Genet's The Balcony, the video alters the story of Genet's play to let the character Chantal live and win. The footage used was shot entirely through reflections on mylar.

With Sgàire Wood as Chantal. Filmed by John and Tom Turrell. Reflecting panels constructed with Simon Worthington. With assistance from Josée Aubin Ouellette, Andrew Black, Winnie Herbstein, Adam Lewis-Jacob, Sophie Pitt, Alex Sarkisian and Joe Sloan.

This work accompanied the sculptural work Carmen after James Bidgood and Jean Genet (2016), the printed and pasted text work A reunion (2016), and a few untitled window murals in sprayed rubber, all of which occupied the ground floor of the gallery, while Chantal after James Bidgood and Jean Genet filled the basement.