Keeping Marlene Out Of The Picture

Eric Cameron

1976, 03:35 minutes, B&W, English


"For some early video artists like Bruce Nauman, editing seemed to be taboo. In my earlier pieces where I moved a portapak in contact with a woman's skin or thrust a small wide-angle lens in and out of my mouth until the tape ran out, I respected the taboo. Then I decided editing would be admissible as long as it was the total content of the tape. It would still be 'imitating the processes of art' (Greenberg's phrase) rather than capitulating to television. So I set up a camera in the foyer of the library at the University of Guelph and had a fully clothed Marlene Hoff walk around for quite a long time; at one point, I changed the position of the camera very slightly. Back in the studio, I edited so as to remove Marlene from the picture in a number of different ways. I find it difficult to believe now it was only very much later I came to recognize the piece as an admission of the inadequacy of my own efforts to achieve sexual repression. I really did think it was all about process." - Eric Cameron

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