The Talking Tea-Kettle

The Talking Tea-Kettle, inserted in your ear, speaks with the voice of the dead. Why would we want to listen? Videographer Terese Svoboda considers this question while relating how Houdini and Nebraska magician David P. Abbott stamped out the practice of mediums in the early years of the twentieth century, with the videographer's shout-out to her own mother. Premiering at the American Museum of the Moving Image, The Talking Tea-Kettle has recently screened at the Athens Film Festival, the International Freethought Festival and Mnenomic Mirrors in Croatia.

TERESE SVOBODA: Recipient of an ITVS, a Jerome Foundation and an Appleman grant in video, Svoboda has shown work at Ars Electronica, PBS, MoMA, WNYC, L.A.C.E., the Getty's Pacific Standard Time exhibition at RedCat, Lifestyle TV, Berlin Videofest, Art Institute of Chicago, CalArts, AFI, Long Beach, New American Makers, Athens Film Festival, Ohio Film Festival, American Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival (Director's Choice), L.A. Freewaves, Pacific Film Archives, Columbus Film Festival, and Worldwide Video Festival.

Length: 6:30
Audio: Stereo
Formats: DVD, DigiBETA, QuickTime .MOV, Mobile .MP4, Microsoft .AVI

Contact: svoboda [at] el [dot] net