No Is Yes

Laura Parnes

1998, 40:00 minutes, colour, English


No Is Yes examines the inevitable co-option of counter culture through two teenage girls that accidentally kill and mutilate their favorite rockstar. It is inspired by MTV' s habitual use of experimental film and video techniques to render elaborate ads for their specialized product - the pop-star. It is further inspired by fashion advertising which is styled after various artist's work (ie. Nan Goldin, Larry Clark, etc...). Many of these artists used photography to document "counter-culture", and/or to critique popular culture. This accentuates the irony, as these these stylized versions of their work re-enter the world in the form of advertisements.

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Critical Writing

True Story
by Sue De Beer. FELIX: A Journal of Media Arts and Communication, 1999, v. 2, no. 2.