Auto Biography

Dennis Day

1994, 15:00 minutes, colour, Eng w French subtitles


Using his home as well as landscapes from his childhood as a backdrop, Dennis Day uses video techniques to insert a fictionalized fusion of his past and present. Auto Biography is a nostalgic world of fulfilled desire, inverted values and adult reminiscences. Romantic, surreal, defiant and wishful, the video jumps over the linearity of "growing up" to comment on gay identity in many of its real and imagined incarnations.

Un quai sert de piste pour un défilé de mode masculine sexy alors que les fantasmes de l'enfance sont rendus vivants dans ce vidéo nostalgique et irréel qui explore la situation des gays qui grandissent dans une petite ville de Terr-Neuve.
Auto Biography, une bande vidéo tournée clandestinement dans la maison des parents de l'artiste, est un monde où les mères lesbiennes aiment follement leurs fils gays et où les vieux hommes se rappellent leurs amants de jadis. Dans l'inversion humoristique des valeurs sociales de Dennis Day, la mémoire est pittoresquement reconstruite. Les dîners romantiques et les "pyjama parties" prennent alors un tout nouveau sens.

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Critical Writing

Clips: Dennis Day, Auto Biography & Other Fiction
by Andrew Power. Reverse Shot, Spring 1995, v. 2, no. 4.
Clips: Dennis Day: Auto Biography & Other Fiction
by Andrew Power. Reverse Shot, 1995, v. 2, no. 4.
Growing up Gay: Video artist sees reality through fantasy
by David MacLean. Xtra!, Feb. 18, 1994.
Out on Screen
by Pat Feindel. Reverse Shot, Fall 1994.
Dennis Day: Auto Biography
by Earl Miller. Fuse, May 1994, v. 17, no. 4.
Images '94 highlights art video that matters: Shot-from-the-hip...
by Peter Goddard. The Toronto Star, Apr. 20, 1994.