Down in the Rec Room

1981 | 00:14:00 | United States | English | Color

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Humor, Media Analysis, Performance

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Like all of Smith’s videotapes, Down in the Rec Room is based on a performance that finds Mike once again all dressed up with nowhere to go. Smith mimes along with a children’s “let’s play make believe” record, and then repeats the action—this time disco dancing along with Donny and Marie on the TV set. Down in the Rec Room continues Smith’s critique of American fantasy culture by depicting the sorry life of the average guy.