Jo-Anne Balcaen

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Photo of artwork by Jo-anne Balcaen

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Photo of artwork by Jo-anne Balcaen

Installation view at PAVED Media Arts, Saskatoon.SCREAM exhibition,February 2009

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Screaming Girls

2005 Video, b&w, silent, 2 min. 28 sec.

Screaming Girls appropriates film images of teen-aged girls enraptured by rock ‘n’ roll performances. Stripped of sound, the subtle manipulation of this familiar pop adulation becomes a study of mass hysteria. As the severity of the expression mounts, the work draws on a still-contemporary phenomenon that in turn reflects upon a kind of fervor that popular culture is complicit in cultivating.

Exhibition history: Centre Clark, Montréal (2006); Truck Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB (2007); Modern Fuel Gallery, Kingston, ON, (2009); PAVED Media Arts, Saskatoon, SK (2009); Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, MB (2011); L’Ecart, Rouyn-Noranda, QC (2013)


Dans cette vidéo, je m’approprie ainsi des séquences de films des années 1960 montrant des adolescentes hystériques lors de spectacles rock. Projetée sans bande-son et au ralenti, cette manipulation subtile de l’adulation populaire familière devient une étude de la transe collective et du type de ferveur intense que la culture populaire contribue à cultiver.

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