Hesiod's Mistake

Colleen Kerr and Steven Heimbecker

1995, 16:00 minutes, colour, English


A video-operatic allegory inspired by the Greek poet Hesiod mistaking Rhea's womb of re-birth for a box of evils attributed to Pandora. The black box of media technology traps our image of the heroine, the street-wise, sometimes bitchy, and always enduring anima of humankind in the continuum of frustration, demonstration and humour.
"Video Opera" refers specifically to the soundtrack innovation "Word Music" (c) by Steven Heimbecker, in which the spoken text, through computer sequencing, creates the music.

Rental and Sales

Single Screening Rental


Educational Purchase DVD (Bluray +$15)


5 Year Educational Streaming License, Digital File with DVD Circulation Copy


Gallery Exhibition and Installation, complete Media Request form for quote

Institutional Archival Acquisition, complete Media Request form for quote

Curators and programmers, please contact to receive a login and password to preview Vtape titles online.

Screening and exhibition rentals and archival acquisitions include public performance rights; educational purchases or licenses include rights for classroom screenings and library circulation. When placing an order the customer agrees to our general online terms and conditions. Payment (or a purchase order number) and a signed licensing agreement must be received before media can be shipped to the client.