Jan Peacock

1990, 14:15 minutes, English


Whitewash presents television as a world of appearances whose familiarity induces in us "the sleep of complicity", a semi-conscious state in which we absorb ideologies via banal gestures.
Our stand in appears in the character of a female, Asian-North American new anchor. In her behaviours, television conventions are homogenized and enacted in ways which suggest that her identity has become fused with and "whitewashed" by the medium she inhabits. She traverses a deliberately undifferentiated and sanitized terrain of i"informative" television events such as weather and new reports and commercials for household cleaning products.
Whitewash was produced at the invitation of the Banff Centre for Fine Art as part of the Artists' Television Workshop.

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Critical Writing

A Conversation Between a Reader and a Writer
by Kenna Manos. Arts Atlantic, Fall 2001, v. 18, no. 2.
Jan Peacock: Video as Experience
by Tim Dallet. Arts Atlantic, Fall 2001, v. 18, no. 2.