PRODUCT (Diary of a Disco Dolly)

Nicolas Jenkins

2004, 51:30 minutes, Colour, English


PRODUCT (Diary of a Disco Dolly) was conceived as an anthropological urban study, and has become a public outlet for how fringe culture is produced and redistributed to the masses. Titles are available individually.

MOMUS-AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (9 minutes-2003) Scottish born Electronic-folk singer Momus (a.k.a. Nick Currie) is recognized for his extremely eclectic and diverse style of music and his acclaimed Folktronic album. His 1998 album Little Red Songbook resulted in a costly lawsuit issued by electronic composer Wendy Carlos. To recuperate his losses, Momus offered to write a song for anyone who donated $1,000 towards his legal costs. He ended up writing 30 "musical portraits", which featured on the self-released Stars Forever, a magnificent epic which also included karaoke renditions of Momus songs by his fans.

CRUTCH MASTER (9 minutes-2004) Bill Shannon , better known by his B-boy moniker "Crutchmaster", has a career that defies all categories. Renowned in the underground club-dance scene Bill Shannon has invented a unique and vibrant dance technique. He considers himself a performance artist rather than a dancer and defines his work as rooted in street culture but informed by the fine arts. Crutchmaster's mix stems from philosophy as well as physical necessity as he lives with a degenerative hip condition. He has developed a version of skateboarding and hip-hop that incorporates his crutches literally.

PATTY CHANG (8 minutes-2003) New York based Patty Chang has established herself as an established video and performance artist. Her work is characterized by its brazen confrontation of female stereotypes and the erotic implications of food. Chang's art is inspired by the self-referential imagery of Cindy Sherman, the body art of Carolee Schneeman, and the endurance art pioneered by the early work of Chris Burden.

YOB-GENESIS P-ORRIDGE (7 minutes-2002) Radical visionary, agent-provocateur, and co-founder of COUM, Throbbing Gristle, Pyschic TV, and Thee Majesty. In this video P-Orridge explores gender identity, technology, and the cult of body modification. Genesis has worked and collaborated with such luminaries as William S. Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Derek Jarman, Monte Cazazza, and Dr. Timothy Leary.

AMANDA LEPORE (7 minutes-2002) Tran-sexual Amanda Lepore is one of New York's most photographed celebrities. Muse to photographer David Lachapelle, Swatch-Watch model, recording artist, and one of today's most influential trans-gendered performers. A cartoon like 50's bombshell (a cross between Jayne Mansfield and Jessica Rabbit) Lepore discusses her transformation from suburban youth to underground star.

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS (7 minutes-2003) A look into the life and work surrounding brilliant New York singer Antony, a performance artist troupe that sometimes collaborates with Antony (Johanna Constantine and Julia Yasuda), and his orchestra "The Johnsons". Antony was co-founder of the legendary underground Black Lips Performance Cult. Antony and the Johnson's are currently on tour with Lou Reed and are also featured at the 2004 Whitney Bienniale.

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