Donald Kinney and Robert Kinney

1988, 28:00 minutes, colour, English


Transformer/AIDS takes a speech by President Ronald Reagan to the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFar) in 1987 as the point of departure for a critique of conservative policies regarding the epidemic. Produced by Paper Tiger Television Southwest in 1988, the tape uses an assortment of lively visual juxtapositions to explore the language and representations that have been produced to shape public perceptions of the disease. Designed for public access TV, the tape operates as one counter representation to the "official" political & media construction of the epidemic.

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Critical Writing

When the Crowd Rustles the Tiger Roars
by Ernest Larsen. Art Journal, Winter 1995, v. 54, no. 4.
AIDS Media: Counter-Representations
by Lucinda Furlong. New American Film and Video Series, 1989. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1989.