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Binge

Extent:
1 videocassette of 1 (28 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
4 folders
See the record for "New Television, Episode 403 (1988)" for descriptions of additional videos containing this work.

Copyright Date:
1987

Copyright Holder:
Lynn Hershman

Artist:
Hershman, Lynn

Background:
"Binge" was shown as Episode 403 of the 1988 season of "New Television."

Scope:
Includes a 3/4" screening copy of the piece. Black-and-white and color photographic prints of various sizes and color slides showing stills from the work exist. See the record for "New Television, Episode 403 (1988)" for descriptions of additional videos containing this work.

In "Binge," which is approximately 28 minutes in length, video artist Lynn Hershman addresses "food, obsession, hunger, and deprivation." Loosely documenting her attempts to lose weight, Hershman confronts the viewer in a series of overlapping confessional narratives. Almost all are head shots. As Hershman discusses layering, replication, and distorted body image, the images of herself are occasionally manipulated to visually mirror these psychological concepts. Hershman investigates in depth aspects of her weight gain and loss, following her husband's departure. Her analysis ranges from personal and emotional to objective and sociological. Occasionally, she is seen in a full-body shot, wearing a slip. The work is dedicated to Skip Sweeney.



Director:
Hershman, Lynn

Coproducers:
Leeson, George
New Television (Producer in Association)

Editor:
Sweeney, Skip (Special Effects Editor)

Performer:
Hershman, Lynn

Subjects:
Reducing diets
Eating disorders
Body image







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