Thursday, October 8, 1998

O Night Without Objects, A Trilogy

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Jeanne C. Finely and John H. Muse’s O Night Without Objects is a moving and unusual video trilogy which explores the relationship of conversion experiences —therapeutic, political and religious—to technology, fear and family. The documentary centerpiece, Based On a Story, explores the widely-publicized encounter and subsequent friendship between Jewish Cantor Michael Weisser and Grand Dragon of the Nebraska Klu Klux Klan, Larry Trapp. It is framed by two stylistically diverse experimental pieces: The Adventures of Blacky, in which a disturbingly prescriptive psychological test is administered to a young girl, and Time Bomb, the tale of another girl’s conversion experience at a Baptist retreat. An installation based on The Adventures of Blacky is on exhibit at Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Oct 1-31.