Son of Oil

Tony Oursler

1982 | 00:18:00 | United States | English | Color | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Mental Landscape, Video History

Calling for oil like the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Son Of Oil is a tale of the well-greased machine of the mind breaking down. Nuts fall off; thoughts turn bad; things don't work. Balancing panic and hopelessness, Oursler argues with phantom voices that taunt the hero with the consequences of his action and inaction. On this starkly social stage, Oursler confronts an individual's sense of responsibility in a society filled with violence, industrial decay, and alienation.

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