Susana Donovan

Haunt #451 (2000) 16mm, color, 16 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Political / Social Activism

I understand it very little, and I'm not comfortable saying it, but it is true: Often when I've abhorred someone, the feeling was entangled with desire. For instance, the desire for something they have that I do not have, or believe I do not have. And the more I'd refuse to face this truth about myself, and thus remain ignorant, the more cultivated my resentmenrs became. That said, I believe this piece of knowledge could explain the madness of a bigot, of someone whose fear of his own desire has run amok. Someone whose cowardice requires him or her to censor his desires and expects the world to follow suit. Such cowards, throughout history, all too often seem to have their own way. And it is they who are the source of inspiration for HAUNT #451. S. D.

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Susana Donovan

Boy Frankenstein (1994) DVD NTSC, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Philosophical, Political / Social Activism, Psychology & Mental Health

It is said that Hitler could not have had his reign of power had the German nuclear family not been structured as it was. Boy Frenkenstein reveals the machinations of such a power structure, and the maintenance roles played by the institutions of education and psychiatry. These institutions foist their lunacy and the responsibility of keeping its secrets upon the child. Gendre identity is addressed as well: Family comments ("You have your mother's eyes", etc.) play on the sewn together body parts of Frankenstein. Boy Frankendstein isn't a boy or a girl (her body parts come from both male and female family members) and her vitality is quickly "shaped" by the toe shoes - a modern day straight jacket for girls. The Family's perception is limited to accepting creation and destruction as polar opposites, and perceives life in a person as something to be conquered. As a result, Boy Frankenstein has pinhole vision as a child, expanding only to porthole vision/memory as an adult. --S. D.

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