by Mike HOOLBOOM
2013 / color-b&w / sound / 1S / 23' 00
A conversation with Canadian artist Stephen Andrews returns us to a pre-cocktail moment, when being HIV+ afforded us the consolation of certainty.
“For more than two decades Mike Hoolboom has been one of our foremost artistic witnesses of the plague of the twentieth century, HIV.
A personal voice documenting and piercing the clichéd spectrum of Living With AIDS from carnal abjection to incandescent spirituality, no
surviving moving image visionary surpasses him. Buffalo Death Mask is a three-part meditation — visual, oral and haptic, both campy and ecstatic —
on survival, mourning, memory, love and community. A conversation between Hoolboom and visual artist Stephen Andrews, both long time
survivors of the retrovirus, floats over what seems to be a dream of Toronto and some of its ghosts. No one savours the intimations of immortality
inherent in recycled footage like Mike, no one else understands how processed Super 8 can answer the question "Why are we still here when
so many are gone?" Tom Waugh
|distribution format||Digital file on USB stick|
|screen||16/9 (single screen)|
|rental fee||72,00 €|