Stephen Cruise

1971, 06:30 minutes, B&W


Standing against a wall in a T-shirt printed with the letters T and U in vertical order, Cruise begins to writhe out of the T-shirt without using his arms. The outline of the original shirt is marked in dark ink on the wall, the base of the shirt is attached to the wall, a microphone records the intensity of each movement, and a voice announces the duration of the action at thirty second intervals. Cruise slowly slinks out of the skin of the shirt and when the action is completed, the shirt is inside out and the letters R and N are exposed.

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Critical Writing

by Renee Baert. Vintage Video: Early Canadian Video Art to 1974, 1986. Toronto: Artculture Resource Centre, 1986.
by Marty Dunn et al. Toronto Ontario: Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), 1974.
Transcript of a videotape interview with Joe Bodolai
by Joe Bodolai. artscanada, Oct. 1973, v. 30, no. 4.