Dick Whyte

Death of the Author [Psycho Shower Scene RECON] (2010)

4 min 39 secDigital Video / Sound

"A reconstruction of Alfred Hitchcock's famous shower scene from Psycho (1960) using amateur YouTube remakes. All 55 shots sourced from a different YouTube remake and recombined with the original sound to create Hitchcock's literal death as an author. Each version reinvents the meaning of the scene and the intention behind it (from imitation to intervention). Of particular note are the reversals of gender which greatly complicate Hitchcock's authorship and place within dominant ideological flows."

Artist's statement

Part of a series of films reconstructing twentieth century artworks out of remakes sourced from amateurs and professionals on YouTube.

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