The Visitation

John Greyson

1980, 40:00 minutes, colour, English


The Visitation is a humourous critique of the rise of Christianity. The plot revolves around two gay Catholic groups who hold a hunger strike in a church to gain a regular place of worship. By turning the hunger strike into a sophisticated media event, they utilize unabashedly secular public relations techniques.

The Visitation is a meditation on social change in a media environment; manipulating mainstream media channels for community goals.

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Critical Writing

Bill Viola: The Passions
by Janet McKenzie.
John Greyson: Colliding Atoms Of A Gay Culture
by Clive Robertson. High Performance, Dec. 1986, no. 36.
Chris Burden
by Robert Horvitz. Artforum, May 1976, v. 14, no. 9.