Video

Michael Milo Compilation

Michael Milo

1990, 52:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 270.01

"Narcissus In Vein" was conceived as a moving projected backdrop to be used in live musical performance contexts. This video explores issues of pathological consumption in post-industrial society.
"Dysphoria" uses a variety of images and the potential of image to create mood and metaphor to recall and 'work through' a major traumatic experience in the artist's life. Produced nearly two years after the artist was involved in a near fatal car accident with a drunk driver; the video invokes the experience of physical and mental convalescence. The work has chosen to operate within the realm of sensation, created through image and soundtrack rather than text, to reflect the alienation of being physically disabled and helpless. Other ideas brought to play include notions of decay and human frailty and a sense of absurdity, in human actions, in what we daily take for granted.
"Fly Bone Slick" examines certain aspects of nightclub life including sexuality, substance abuse, and the paradoxes of pleasure and pain. Through its means of presentation: highly processed and amplified audio and video, the work provides commentary on the spectacle and blatancy of desire in such settings.
"Depository of..." seeks to examine the process of viewer interpretation. Through the use of a hidden or non-descript narrative the tape is read through the evocation of suggestive images and soundtrack. As the viewers read the responses appropriate to themselves, the tape tells the story of a hallucination.

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