Corpse and Mirror

25:00, 1996

Corpse and Mirror questions the ability of rational language to adequately describe and control extreme mental states. Based on a monologue by Tony Allard, the tape moves non-sequentially through seven memories of Allard's childhood experience with his father's manic/depression and institutionalization in a state hospital. Central to the tape is the use of poetic language--a strategy to convey the shifting unconscious through image, sound, and text--to delightfully unbalance our sense of the real. "In Corpse and Mirror, a grown son recallshis deceased father's bout with madness. His memories are constantly tripped up by the inability of language to express extreme emotional states."- Steve Seid, Pacific Film Archives.

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California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 1998
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Brighton Cinemateque, England, 1998
Free Speech TV, Boulder, 1997
The Images Festival, Toronto, 1997
Third Interntional Manifestation of Video and Electronic Art, Montreal, 1997
Video Tensions, University of Arizona, 1997
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London Electronic Arts touring program, "Passion: Possession", 1997
10th Annual Dallas Video Festival, 1997
ZKM, International Video Arts Award, Sudwest 3 Broadcast, 1997
De Appel, Amsterdam, 1997
Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 1997
Av Ark, Finland, 1997
Bahia Festival, Brazil, 1997
New York International Film and Video Festival, Lincoln Center, NYC, 1997
Mill Valley Film and Video Festival, 1996
European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck, 1996
Viper Video Festival, Luzerne, 1996
Festival de Nouveau Cinema, Montreal, Canada, 1996
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