Laura Parnes "Janie 1978-1982 (a.k.a. Blood and Guts in High School)"

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In appropriating Blood and Guts in High School, Parnes pays homage to Acker’s radically inventive use of literary appropriation and intertextuality. As in previous video works (such as Hollywood Inferno (episode one); Heidi 2, a collaboration with Sue de Beer, 2000; and No Is Yes, 1998) a narrative thread is maintained while structure and language become unstable, invoking the schizophrenic culture that Acker attempted to write into her work. Acker’s novel imagined the sexual life and endurances of the adole scent outsider, Janey Smith. Parnes re-imagines Janie through a video series that explores chapters in her life between 1978 and 1982. Set in New York at a time when Reagan was coming into power an d punk was emerging, each episode presents a day in the life of Janie, interrupted by news events that surreally meld into her personal20experience, as well as eerily presage current world affairs. The installation includes life-size portraits of the many sides of Janie’s personal ity, as well as a display of Parnes’ interpr etive material based on Acker’s novel.

Film screening:
March 15, 7pm "My Librarian"
March 22, 7pm "County Down"
March 29, 7pm "The Only Ones Left" "Hollywood Inferno(episode one)"



from March 04, 2009 to March 29, 2009

Opening Reception on 2009-03-08 from 19:00 to 21:00


Laura Parnes

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