Video

Three Follies

Gunilla Josephson

1998, 06:09 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 645.00

Three sections:
1.
Wild Raspberries: the delectable fruit of a shrub of the Rose family, consisting of dark reddish-purple juicy droplets forming a detachable cap around a convex receptacle./
A vulgar spluttering noise made with the tongue protruding from the lips.
2.
Fête Champêtre: a feast in a rural setting./
A painting genre from the early years of the 18th Century on the theme of the Garden of Love
3.
Crystal Kaleidoscope:
Crystal = (krystallos), clear ice, rock crystal
Kaleidoscope =(kalos) beautiful + (eidos) form +(scope) allowing to view.

This 3-part video, made for an exhibition called Canadian Shield, is about the landscape, not as a site for contemplation, but as a place for action. A luscious red mouth devours the icon of the berry, which figures so prominently in Canadian landscape mythology. The landscape is sexualized. Most of the video is shot in someone’s backyard. In the second section the berries become part of a cake that flies through the air like a crown, before being trampled by a pair of feet. In the last section there are images of liberation, sensuality, bare feet moving through apples and water, then on shaded soil, crashing waves blending into a smiling water sprite. The Canadian landscape, vast, intimidating and often dangerous, is here seen as a place for celebration, sexuality and liberation.

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Critical Writing

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Canadian Currents, 1999. Toronto: Absolute Choice Curatorial Collective, 1999.