Black (n, adj.)

Charles Lum

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4’ • 2004 • ov english • st french • USA • artist’s film

Black (n, adj.) places Microsoft Word’s Dictionary definitions of the word "black" over dance floor footage and a two-camera interview with performance artist EggMan at the infamous Black (‘circuit’) Party in New York.
A video about sub-cultures, behavior and the flexibility of definition, Black (n, adj.) weaves through a verbal dialogue of unsafe sexual activities from a context where such behavior is normative.
The definitions invite the superimposition of an AIDS fearing political climate of viral hysteria over the opposite context of uninhibited sexual license.
In stark affect, Black (n, adj.) exposes social power as manifest within language itself.

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