Thursday, May 12, 1994

Post-Colonial Conundrums

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Craig Baldwin, irreverent San Francisco filmmaker and programmer extraordinaire, presents “four recent video essays [that] problematize Eurocentric conceptions of the developing world. Coco Fusco & Guillermo Gómez Peña’s The Couple in a Cage offers comic documentation of the pair’s exhibition in Spain on the Conquest’s quintecentennial intercut with archival material on the European spectacularization of the native ‘other.’ Ken Feingold’s Un Chien Delicieux posits a faux-surrealist context to an act common in southeast Asia but culturally proscribed in the West: eating a dog. Joel Katz’s Corporation with a Movie Camera deconstructs the imperial ideology beneath a century of American multi-national industrial films. Marshall Weber’s densely edited Emotional Tourist evokes the cross-cultural delirium of an occidental in modern-day Egypt.” (C.B.)