New and Younger Talents
Introduced by AA Bronson
Friday, March 11, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Includes the following films:
Anthology of American Folk Song
2004. Canada. Directed by Steve Reinke. From Reinke’s own website, myrectumisnotagrave.com, comes this description: “Named after Harry Smith's seminal Anthology of American Folk Music, Anthology of Anthology Of American Folk Song…is the first in a series called Final Thoughts, an archive of found and original material collected by Reinke. Anthology is permeated by a sense of menace, standing as an oblique, disparate catalogue of small humiliations, traumas and strange, absurd, occasionally beautiful images and songs that queer the mythologies of a culture in crisis.” This rarely seen video is probably Reinke’s most complex and beautiful/perverse work.
Inside the Pavilion of Virginia Puff Paint
2004. Canada. Directed by Jeremy Laing, Will Munro. “Peer through the glory-hole into the Pavilion of Virginia Puff Paint… Watch as this insatiably versatile vision of hand-stitched polysexuality tickles multiple lacy orifices… Freshly plowed by a rhinestone stiletto and dripping pearled entrails… Virginia, having exhausted the possibilities for penetration, collapses in a shower of sequins.”
One Night at Andre’s
2007. Canada. Directed by Steve Reinke. Steve Reinke, master of the one-minute video, came to my rescue when I complained about the lack of explicit sex in artists’ videos.
Now It Is in My Eyes
2005. France. Directed by Christophe Chemin.
2006. USA. Directed by William E. Jones. In Summer 1962 the Mansfield, Ohio, police department clandestinely photographed men having sex in a public restroom, convicting over 30. Later, the police produced an instructional film for internal use, showing how to set up a sting operation to arrest “sex deviants.” Jones re-edits this footage into a haunting, silent condensation of the original.
2004. Colombia. Directed by Fernando Arias. Public Inconvenience was shot in a public toilet in London using a small surveillance camera hidden on the artist’s body.
The Gold Room
2004. France. Directed by Christophe Chemin. I first came across Christophe Chemin on MySpace, when he asked to become my friend. He is a sexy lad with a magnetic, almost mystical force, which hit me from the far side of the Atlantic. The Gold Room is imbued with shamanic energy, fringed with the erotic. He was an easy choice for this project.
2007. USA. Directed by Terence Koh. The artist, face hidden by a long black wig, and naked except for a pair of very high black patent-leather high-heeled boots, dances to music on an iPod that only he can hear. The title alludes to John Cage’s infamous composition consisting of 4 minutes 26 seconds of silence.
The Dolly Shot
2009. Canada. Directed by Mr. & Mrs. Keith Murray. A lip-synched performance of Dolly Parton’s heart-breaking “I Will Always Love You.” The video is shot in one take, using a continuous pull on a camera dolly. Using makeup to restore the breasts the artist had surgically removed at the age of 14, the final composite (as in the Buddhist meditative tradition where one imagines themselves at the end goal) is a vision of the fully integrated self, the trans(cendent/gender) God(dess) of love embodied.
In the Film exhibition Queer Cinema from the Collection: Today and Yesterday
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