Laura Parnes

1995, 04:00 minutes, colour, English


The images are derived from found footage of an 8th grade talent show and are combined with a list of gender-specific transformative sexual memories from the age of 4-18. These thirteen year-old girls perform an out of step dance reminiscent of A Chorus Line. Their awkward bodies sway in slow motion as the dancers dissolve from one body to the next. The sound track is a list of transformative sexual memories combined with haunting, repetitious guitar riffs and drum beats. This awkward dance is that of adolescent girls whose sexual development is shaped by an awareness that they are the spectacle; an object to be worshipped and despised; a performer who exists as a reflection of the desire of others, while being consumed with desire themselves.

Single-channel Video Installation, Mixed Media.

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Critical Writing

by Renee Baert. Vintage Video: Early Canadian Video Art to 1974, 1986. Toronto: Artculture Resource Centre, 1986.