Whitewash
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Whitewash presents television as a world of appearances whose familiarity induces in us "the sleep of complicity", a semi-conscious state in which we absorb ideologies via banal gestures. Our stand-in appears in the character of a female, Asian-North American news anchor. In her behaviours, television conventions are homogenized and enacted in ways which suggest that her identity has become fused with and "whitewashed" by the medium she inhabits. She traverses a deliberately undifferentiated and sanitized terrain of "informative" television events such as weather, news reports, and commercials for household cleaning products.

Awards and mentions
Silver Plaque Award, catégorie vidéo expérimentale
Chicago International Film and Video Festival
1991
1990
Canada
14:30
Original language
English

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Credits

Direction
Jan Peacock
Screenplay
Jan Peacock
Cast
James Iwasuk
Maureen Lee
Voice
Jan Peacock
Ewa Rogalinska-Kolsut
Music
Brian Ales
Art Direction
Larry Fox
Camera
Dean Brousseau
Cezary Kolsut
Editing
Alan Geldart
Brian Hamilton
Ewa Rogalinska-Kolsut
Sound
Brian Ales
Theresa Leonard
Production
Jan Peacock
Artists' Television Workshop
Media Arts Program
Electronic & Film Media Program
Banff Centre for the Arts

Technical information

Color
Color
Keywords
Consumption, Information, Television, Indifference, Advertising