Blind Country

Ericka Beckman

1989 | 00:20:05 | United States | English | Color | 4:3 |

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Feminism, Literature

This collaborative video project is based on a short story by H.G. Wells called "The Country of the Blind"—about a man who travels to a country of blind people and attempts to dominate their sensual, feminine culture with his male, sight-derived power. Following this theme, Blind Country begins with animated fruit dancing over Mike Kelley’s body and the admonition of “Northerners” to “refill the quickly emptying sack.” In the male-dominated land of the North, candy-spurting pinatas stand as phallic symbols. Presumably castrated, and stripped of his authority, Kelley acts the buffoon as he is led through the murky land of the South, a “female,” earthy, "realm of the senses" opposing the phallocentric world of the North. 

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VideoEx, Zurich, Switzerland, 2012