Gretchen Bender. Reality Fever (1983).
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.