In the video installations of Bruce Nauman, multiple versions of short repeated video clips create a visceral sound scape.
One of the inspirations behind this installation is the animated portraits made by Julian Opie. Exhibited within picture frames in traditional art galleries or on street signage, Opie’s minimal portraits blink and walk on short animated cycles.
The concept behind Chatter was originally inspired by the Bald Primadonna, a play first performed in France in 1950. This is also known as the Bald Soprano and the original French title is la Cantatrice Chauve.
This play was written by Ionesco while he was learning English and was inspired by the trite conversational phrases that he saw in language text books. It is considered to be part of the theatre of the absurd. The characters make meaningless conversation without communicating with each other in a world that does not make sense.