ADAM ZARETSKY AND TANJA VISOSEVIC
Endoscopic video, 19 minutes
GLACK is an exerpt of pFARM, an endoscopic view of the insides of some of the Organic Biotech Fetish Cult Followers.
GLACK is a wet and fleshbound tour through the underside of your meatness. The soft and gooey tunnels and alien landscapes are simply to measure your GLACK response. Many people seem to have a nauseating interest in the GLACK effect. This is the non-verbal GLACK Attraction and GLACK Repulsion we humans feel when seeing what is in under the skin. Shot with a long rubber endoscope, GLACK reminds us all that we are fleshy body pods. We are the GLACKY stuff we eat. Although it may be repugnant to deniers of this visceral GLACK-stuffed world, "As Below, So Above." GLACK accepts the human primate as mortal and finite. Meatbags of tiny, hungry, corporeal blips, we GLACK together in a space of universal diversity and polymorphous perversity.
Sickness, Sexuality and Secretions cum together as universal GLACK, a part of everybody's life. This video is born of primal excrement, unnamable yet disgustingly real... GLACK!
This video was made while conducting research at SymbioticA, the School of Anatomy and Human Biology's Art & Science Collaborative Lab in the University of Western Australia, Perth. (http://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au)
The artists would particularly like to thank the technical aid and aesthetic flexibility of CTEC- Clinical Training and Education Centre http://www.ctec.uwa.edu.au, UWA's state of the art training facility for surgeons, for training them in Endoscopy and allowing GLACK to happen in The Hill International Medical & Surgical Workshop.
Professor Adam Zaretsky is a bio-artist, working as a research affiliate in Arnold Demain's Laboratory for Industrial Microbiology and Fermentation in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Biology. He received a Master of Fine Arts in 1999 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied and researched with 'transgenic' artist Eduardo Kac. Since then, he has worked with such pioneers of bio-art as Joe Davis, Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr. Zaretsky also taught an art and biology studio class in fall 2001 as a visiting artist at San Francisco State University. Besides the bio-art installations on which he is working, Zaretsky has created a large body of digital artworks, collage and photography.
tanya V [aka tanyavision, aka tanja visosevic] first became entranced by cinema as a child. On Sundays she would hang blankets on the window to block out the Kalgoorlie sun; while her father would screen Super 8 films, mainly Westerns. cowboy or filmmaker? - it was a hard decision. Currently tanya V is completing her thesis in film theory at Murdoch University (WA), teaches video production at Edith Cowan University (WA) and delights in going places where she has never been before with Adam Zaretsky.