Insertion (an excerpt)

Eric Cameron

1976, 05:00 minutes, B&W


Holding the camera in his hands, Cameron swings back and forth into the lens, in a direct interaction with the technology. In the continuous series of movements, his opening mouth seeks to literally swallow, embody, the lens. The camera imprints his action through the simultaneous recording of the action, but Cameron also leaves an imprint on the camera, through the spittle which accumulates on the lens and distorts the camera's view. The piece was originally recorded in 1973 and re-recorded in higher resolution in 1976. Insertion incorporates both the structuralist preoccupations found thoughout Cameron's artwork and the particular erotic note found in many of his videotapes.

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