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Videowork HYPER_ screening as part of Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film program 'Scary Movies' curated by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan - July 23!

July 17, 2015



Scary Movies


Curated by Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan 


Hanover Drive-In, Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film, August 2015


Horror connects to one of our most ancient and primal desires: Voyeurism. The imagery 


of death and evil could be a metaphor for art itself - the irrepressible desire to look. 


-Jenny Keane



We delight in being frightened. Ghost stories, creature-feature B movies, television 


stories that focus on the paranormal… fear thrills us. Its manifestation through art has 


always been a means to cope with primal terrors of life and death. We have fetishized the 


objects of our fear through artmaking; we have fetishized the fears themselves. 


However, in the 21st century we also live with the fears of the moment, and a pervasive 


system of information delivery (mass media) that gives us information and images to 


horrify on a minute-by-minute basis. News of terrorism, war, economic collapse, rising 


cancer rates and global warming (to name but a few contemporary horrors) cumulatively 


blanket us with sensory shock and awe. Much of contemporary Western life is predicated 


upon such fears. Political systems, consumerism and world economies are informed by an 


ethic of scarcity. An environment of impending loss, doom and failure in turn paralyses 


and drives us.



Scary Movies realizes our complex relationship with our fears through the work of 


contemporary media artists, providing scream therapy that is experimental, timely and 


thoughtful. It also reflects a feminist application of the “scare genre”, to reveal on-going 


cultural anxieties with respect to female sexuality, power and the body. Writ large on the 


drive-in movie screen, these collective horrors with respect to normativity and gender are 


revealed as what they are: camp, laughable.



This program of single channel videos plays with the tropes of mainstream suspense, 


gore, ghost and monster features, and twists them in conceptual ways to terrify and 


illuminate. They explore the tension between the physical and the technological, the 


natural and the supernatural, the beautiful and the strange. An uneasy humour is often 


present, as is the grotesque. They remind us of the joy in being scared silly, revelling in 


the mysterious while examining the social construction of our fears.



The single-channel program run-time is approximately 76 minutes


Cheryl Rondeau, Les petites morts, 2007, 2:15, VTape


Freya Borg Olafson, Hyper, 2013, 3:00, Video Pool


Helen Haig-Brown, The Cave, 2009, 10:42, VTape

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