Gretchen Bender | Metro Pictures Online Film Festival

Reality Fever (film still), 1983. Single-channel video, 6 minutes 20 seconds.
Reality Fever (film still), 1983. Single-channel video, 6 minutes 20 seconds.

Gretchen Bender. Reality Fever (1983). 

Watch Online now through Sunday, July 26, at Midnight Eastern Time

For the final screening of our Online Film Festival we are presenting Gretchen Bender’s Reality Fever. Bender (1951 – 2004) was a pioneering post-appropriation artist who worked in video, sculpture, computer graphics, photography, and print. She is best known for her works of “electronic theater” – immersive installations of television monitors displaying moving images culled from mass media. Reality Fever is an early, single-channel version of Bender’s video collages, one with found, created, and manipulated imagery, including a Folgers coffee commercial, a children’s superhero cartoon, and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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