On Death and Dying

1982 | 00:22:10 | United States | English | Color | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Death and Dying, Performance, Religion/Spirituality

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Three nuns in dark sunglasses sit at a table playing cards while a nurse is inteviewed about "what death looks like” on the soundtrack. As the nurse speaks, in medical detail, of death as a natural process, the nuns sit with party hats on their heads and light birthday candles stuck in bananas. On Death and Dying is a mocking and macabre look at the institutions of death—how hospitals and religions “manage” death. The tape resolves in the conclusion that “death is a job that you do by yourself.”