Sean Grattan

Donald And Marlene (2010)

4 min 8 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

"Like a bad romance movie from the 1950s, Donald and Marlene peddles in sexist stereotypes that quickly reveal their discriminatory shortcomings. Donald might be a knowledgeable fan of experimental ‘structural’ films, or he might just be doing what he’s told. Marlene lacks agency, but she’s doubtful there’s much else going on beneath the surface. A slippage occurs as their argument about the movie being watched bleeds into an acknowledgment of the video that is simultaneously being made. Surfaces beget surfaces, as a subtle implication of audience desire dissipates out of the car windows."

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