American Film, Nov 1, 1985, v. 11, no. 2, pp. 63-65
New York: MediaBistro Inc., 1985
Hulser posits that video art has always struggled to define itself as different. But different from what? In her article, Hulser suggests that women video artists who use the media to challenge and subvert dominant fantasy in popular television genres are carving out a new political cinema.
She points to Antin and Wooster as artists who play with the fragmentary, distracted, repetitive nature of soap opera to confront the mundane in daily life; while Broughel uses motifs found in ads and Harlequin romances to lampoon the commercialization of "housewives' dreams".
Vault, Beneath the Skin, and Possibly in Michigan are positioned as works that explore the darker sides of sexuality, death, and romantic cliches.
ITEM 1985.127 – available for viewing in the Research Centre
Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited
Trick or Treat – Vanalyne Green
House – Ann-Sargent Wooster
The Adventures of a Nurse – Eleanor Antin
Lesson 1: Trouble in Paradise – Barbara Broughel
Lesson 2: The Frigid Heiress
Vault – Bruce Yonemoto
Possibly in Michigan – Cecelia Condit
Beneath the Skin
Mother – John Knoop and Sharon Hennessey