Off Centre

Stephen Foster

1995, 14:00 minutes, colour


Originally a two monitor video installation performed at Banff Centre inside a large teepee this tape interprets the original images as a single channel two panel videotape. The background image is of a dancer from the E.S. Curtis film "In The Land of The Head Hunters" which continually multiplies and degenerates into raw video scan lines. The foreground image of myself running up stairs also multiplies itself in continual overlays. The images are consciously manipulated to draw attention to the level of mediation that occurs in the video medium. This mediation can be seen as a metaphor for the manipulation of ethnography and mass media to transform the image of indianess into desired stereotypes of romantic savage or drunken indian.

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Critical Writing

Transactions: Investigations of postcolonial identity
by Rebecca Garrett. Gallery: The Art Magazine From the Gallery Delta, June 1999.