Black Beauty

Christian Morrison

1990, 03:10 minutes, colour, English


Black Beauty is the second in a trilogy of videotapes by Christian Morrison which addresses the darkness and brutality of the contemporary world.

Black Beauty documents a prank telephone call we received from some children living in my neighbourhood. In the tape a young girl pretends to be our friend Edward. She invites us to a party...

"The function of the child's voice within a void (that space created by the answering machine) underscores a melancholic aspect of city life. The performance is at times humorous and at others sadly longing. The title of the tape refers to a popular term for the old black dial type telephones that were standard issue in Canada until a few years ago..." -C.M.

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