Critical Writing Index

The (fetishistic) cut

by Jean-Paul Kelly

"(Mary, Mary) Are these the hands that cut?", 2006, pp. 23-32

Toronto: Pleasure Dome, 2006

The videos dealing with censorship shown at a benefit for Glad Day Bookshop are explored. They strategically use the edit to expose what might lie beyond the physicality of the medium, beyond the physical splice, as a metaphorical challenge. When what is culturally sanctioned as disgust or taboo is refuted or opposed, the censor is forced to reveal the meaning behind ‘the cut’- an empty referral of the disgusting threat.

ITEM 2006.069 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Snip SnipColin Campbell, Rodney Werden

1000 ComeshotsWayne Yung

True InversionsLorna Boschman

Glennda and Camille Do DowntownGlenn Belverio