Queer Looks is a collection of writing by video artists, filmmakers, and critics which explores the recent explosion of lesbian and gay independent media culture. A compelling compilation of artists' statements and critical theory, producer interviews and image-text works, this anthology demonstrates the vitality of queer artists under attack and fighting back. Each maker and writer deploys a surprising array of techniques and tactics, negotiating the difficult terrain between street pragmatism and theoretical inquiry, finding voices rich in chutzpah and subtlety. From guerilla Super-8 in Manila to AIDS video activism in New York, Queer Looks zooms in on this very queer place in media culture, revealing a wealth of strategies, a plurality of aesthetics, and an artillary of resistances.
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Introduction: On a Queer Day You Can See Forever, What a Difference a Gay Makes, Favorite Aunts and Uncles, Bedtime Stories.
MARTHA GEYER has written critical articles for Afterimage, Art in America, The Independent, the Nation, October, and other publications. She is coeditor of the anthology Out There: Marginalization and Contemporary Cultures and the papers of the conference entitled HowDo I Look?: Queer Film and Video. PRATlBHA PARMAR is a writer and independent video and filmmaker. She has made numerous videotapes and films for the art gallery and museum circuit, and for broadcast television. Of these, Khush has won three awards and public prizes at international film festivals; Sari Red, A Place of Rage, and Double the Trouble Twice the Fun have also received acclaim at festivals worldwide. JOHN GREYSON is a Toronto-based film/videomaker whose works include Zero Patience, The Making of Monsters, Urinal, and The ADS Epidemic. He cocurated Video Against AIDS, a six-hour compilation of alternative tapes about AIDS, and taught at the California Institute for the Arts from 1986 to 1989. He has been active in the gay media arts communities since 1978.