Video

Like A Nice Rubber Gas Mask

Malcolm Rogge

2001, 04:30 minutes, Colour

TAPECODE 811.04

A sympathetic caricature of the pro-democracy movement fashioned in the spirit of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, with nods to Otto Dix and George Grosz. This video was produced in collaboration with the BlahBlahBlah Collective as part of "Re:Viewing Québec," a collection of short films and videos by fourteen artists who traveled to the FTAA protests in Québec City, 2001.

"Rogge’s amusing Like a Nice Rubber Gas Mask perverts the corporate branding of everyday life by covering the demonstrations, Elsa Klensch style, as a fashion show. Prêt-a-porter, prêt-a-courir. As my activist friend Anne-Marie used to say, "The question is not, ‘What will we wear after the revolution?’ but ‘What will we wear to make the revolution come faster?’"

– Laura U. Marks, "Plunging Into The Event" from the catalogue for BetterWorlds: Activist and Utopian Projects by Artists, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, 2002.

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