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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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