Subversive desires

United Kingdom, 1991

Film
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Episode number 2 of Series “Video burn”.
A collection of contemporary video music clips which explore some of the avant-garde electronic music and performance coming from Great Britain. As the title for the collection suggests, this volume of “Video Burn” explores themes of sexuality and transgression. All the video artists involved have attempted to trace modern experimentation with sex, fashion and gender in forms which arise from 19th century popular theatre: the circus, gambling, and pantomime. In “The Jack Series”, George E. Saxon uses the myth of Jack the Ripper to examine the decadence of Victorian sexuality and how it still resonates today in sado-masochistic imagery; “Archaos”, by Julie Kuziminska, is a video celebration of the anarchic circus troupe of the same name; and “Assignation” is a video performance of an Edgar Allan Poe short story which brings the story’s sublimated sexuality to the fore.

Credits

co-producers/directors

George Snow

Julie Kuzminska

George E. Saxon

production company

WKBC-TV

Akiko Hada

London Electronic Arts

Language

English

Duration

00:50:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

38372

Subject categories

Experimental

Experimental → Experimental films - Great Britain

Literature → Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849

Music & Performing Arts → Circus

Music & Performing Arts → Electronic music

People → Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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