Critical Writing Index

Loving a Disappearing Image

by Laura U. Marks

Cinemas, Fall 1997, v. 8, no. 1-2, pp. 93-111

In this article the author discusses several experimental films and videos that explore the relation between erotic subject matter and the physical disintegration of the film or video. The author discussees how a viewer identifies with film as a dying image, and the psychoanalytic model of melancholia. Freud's approach is found to be unsatisfactory, so the author posits a model of devotional melancholia "for how one might love a disappearing image."

ITEM 1997.095 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Frank's CockMike Hoolboom

Letters from HomeMike Hoolboom

The Hundred VideosSteve Reinke

Everybody loves NothingSteve Reinke

De ProfundisLawrence Brose

The Color of LovePeggy Ahwesh