Critical Writing Index

Flaming Creatures. New tendencies in Canadian video

by Jan Allen and Gary Kibbins

Kingston: Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, 1997

ISBN/ISSN 0-88911-748-9

Flaming Creatures is a program of seventeen tapes by fifteen artists developed for presentation at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre over a six-week period. Program curator Gary Kibbins has drawn on his experience as a video artist, film maker, teacher and writer to assemble recent video works that are both challenging and engaging, Kibbins' essay is an insightful parallel text, an illuminating device that prompts an agile and pleasurable response to the tapes, while setting the work in the context of the brief but lively history of video art. What Kibbins' text makes clear, and the works themselves confirm, is the vitality of the form – the medium continues to provide a resilient vehicle for artists and for ideas that slip the reductivist net of mainstream cultural production.

ITEM 1997.145 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Flaming CreaturesLeon Johnson

Susan Young

Yudi Sewraj

Kika Thorne

Cathy Sisler

Colin Campbell

Joyan Saunders

Beverly Seckinger

Susan Terrill

Steve Reinke

Melodie Calvert

Bonita Makurch

Marlin Oliveros

David Clark

Jan Peacock

Amy Gottlieb

Jack Smith