The Unspeakable Freedom Device
Margaret Thatcher is the spectral protagonist in this dystopian folkloric work by London-based experimental narrative video artist Jennet Thomas. Using color and design to great effect, Thomas follows the movement of her characters as they navigate a new environment at once sinister and psychedelic, savage and ritualistic. In a world in which all signs have collapsed and meaning has imploded, two impoverished pilgrims stumble through a broken landscape in which profound disorientation leaves them unsure of which route to choose: red, blue or green? As the colors rotate, the fiction loops and the pilgrims must start their search again. Thomas’s video and performance work emerged through 1990s London’s experimental underground film and live art club scene, where she was co-founder of the Exploding Cinema Collective. Her film works are screened extensively at international film festivals, with retrospectives at Toronto’s Pleasure Dome and New York’s Anthology Film Archives, among others.
144 pp / Extensive b&w and color
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