Subversive desires

United Kingdom, 1991

Film
Please note

Sorry, we don't have images or video for this item.

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.

Content notification

Our collection comprises over 40,000 moving image works, acquired and catalogued between the 1940s and early 2000s. As a result, some items may reflect outdated, offensive and possibly harmful views and opinions. ACMI is working to identify and redress such usages.

Learn more about our collection and our collection policy here. If you come across harmful content on our website that you would like to report, let us know.

How to watch

This work has not been digitised and is currently unavailable to view online. It may be possible for approved reseachers to view onsite at ACMI.

Learn more about accessing our collection

Collection

In ACMI's collection

Credits

co-producers/directors

George E. Saxon

George Snow

Julie Kuzminska

production company

Akiko Hada

London Electronic Arts

WKBC-TV

Duration

00:50:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1991

Appears in

Video burn

Group of items

Video burn

Explore

Collection metadata

Please note: this archive is an ongoing body of work. Sometimes the credit information (director, year etc) isn’t available so these fields may be left blank; we are progressively filling these in with further research.

Cite this work on Wikipedia

If you would like to cite this item, please use the following template: {{cite web |url=https://acmi.net.au/works/82479--subversive-desires/ |title=Subversive desires |author=Australian Centre for the Moving Image |access-date=22 April 2024 |publisher=Australian Centre for the Moving Image}}