Laura Parnes

Real Life, Music, Television: A Trilogy (1996) VHS NTSC, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Children & Youth, Music

Real Life Music Television is a trilogy of music videos which examine the hyper-self-consciousness of adolescents. The following is a description of the three distinct sections: The images from "Performance" are derived from found footage of an 8th grade talent show and are combined with a list of gender-specific transformative sexual memories from the age of 4-18. This awkward dance is that of adolescent girls whose sexual development is shaped by an awareness that they are the spectacle; a performer who exists as a reflection of the desire of others, while being consumed with desire themselves. "Ladies, There's a Space You Can't Go" is a deconstruction and a distortion of an episode of Sally Jesse Raphael titled "My Daughter Dresses Like A Hooker". Sampled audience statements and a driving dance beat merge with distorted talk show participants to form a self-mutilating music video. "Talent Show" is derived from the same found footage as "Performance". The young boys lip-synch to a bubble gum rock song as they attempt to publicly assert their new-found sexual power.

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