Censored: The Business of Frightened Desires (or the Making of a Pornographer)
Canada 1985 Video 28 min
Mapping out the insidious relation between governement censorship and pornography, Vera Frenkel's highly acclaimed sense of the ironic is in top form. The primarily graphic images (text, drawings, archival material, charts) are occasionally interspersed with footage (the sex life of bugs!) from Frenkel's 1985 installation of the same name. Pornography and tourism are the secret regulators of subversive activity in a post-industrial world which feeds on its own contradictions.
For the 2012 festival, Images is looking back to its first edition. Taking place over four days in June, 1988, the first Images Festival was a snapshot in a moment of contemporary film and video art in Canada. The 1988 festival was programmed by a team of artists and other fixtures on the local film scene and included Cameron Bailey, Richard Fung, Marc Glassman, Annette Mangaard, Janine Marchessault, Paulette Phillips, Lisa Steele, Kim Tomczak and Ross Turnbull. Featuring 51 films and videos organized into eight programs, the lineup of the festival reads like a hit list of the most significant figures in Canadian art history: Philip Hoffman, Vera Frenkel, Paul Wong, Richard Kerr, Jan Peacock, Sara Diamond, Michael Snow, R. Bruce Elder and Steve Reinke (under the early pseudonym Troy Beuys).
A complete list of the works and programs is printed here as a reproduction of the original handbill made in 1988 and on our website we’ll be presenting a temporary archive of as many of these works as we can track down for you to enjoy!
Head over to www.imagesfestival.com/ifpod for a little history lesson.