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Video clip of Evol

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Evol

Extent:
1 videocassette : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
1 videocassette (Betacam SP) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette (D3) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.

Copyright Date:
1985

Copyright Holder:
Tony Oursler

Artist:
Oursler, Tony

Background:
"Evol" was created for Media Study (Buffalo, New York). Finishing Funds were provided by the Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund. WGBH did not broadcast the work because of its perceived sexual content.

Scope:
Includes a 3/4" screening copy of the work, which also includes Joan Jonas' "Double Lunar Dogs." Betacam SP and D3 preservation masters and a VHS screening tape have been created from this. As the 3/4" original is actually a second- or third-generation dub to begin with, image quality has suffered somewhat.

"Evol," 1985, was created by video artist Tony Oursler and is a series of sketches in which performers interact with painted, sculptural sets. Either a performer or a voice off camera reads poetic commentary, riddled with word play, on relationships and other matters. Occasionally, these words are set to music. The interaction between performer and sets repeatedly plays with the logic of scale. A human hand is seen spraying toy army men with a bottle of Windex marked "Love Bomb." A scientist is seen studying sperm under a microscope, and human heads swathed in white cloth to make them look like individual sperm emerge from a black backdrop to chant lethargically, "We could have been brave strong men." All the skits are loose commentaries on relationships, love, and sexuality. There is an absurdist and irreverent quality to the work, which combines grotesque, explicit, and even spooky scenarios with humorous ones. Many of the costumes and sets sport fluorescent colors. The Curator of Media Study, John Minkowsky, is credited with the original conception of producing the work.

The music was created by Tony Oursler, Rachel Weber, and Scott Rysler.



Coproducer:
Contemporary Art Television (CAT) Fund, The

Funders:
New York State Council on the Arts
Media Study, Buffalo

Performers:
Oursler, Tony
Oursler, Mark
Conrad, Tony
Dejong, Constance
Kelley, Mike
Berman, Claudia
Summers, Sherry
High, Cathy
Leach, Ellen
Boloni, Tony
Labat, Tony
Rolls, Howard
Hoberman, Perry
Dodd, Luc
Minkowsky, John
Labat, Anastasia

Subjects:
Love


See Also:
Double Lunar Dogs





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