Shadow Play

1985, 28:28 minutes, colour, English


This is a documentation of a performance by Alex Poruchnyk presented at EmMedia (Calgary). It is a grouping of five story elements based on a personal narrative assembled to investigate a wide range of shadow performance and media performance. These range from cartoon-like creatures in multi-coloured environments to a person penetrating the screen only to be faced by the audience. A drive-in movie setting is created with a projection, front and centre, as the front windshield view. Two monitors perched on the side of the stage provide a view both out the side car windows and in the side windows. While driving on the highway, we share the viewpoint of the passengers, seeing highway and horizon. While parked at the drive-in we watch advertisements for cars and popcorn. Find love, lose love, while voyeurs look through the car window.

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Critical Writing

Vito Acconci's Home Movies
by Juan Cruz. Art Monthly, Oct. 1997, no. 210.