Watching Ourselves Watching | Chicago Reader

Watching Ourselves Watching

A program of six videos. Marlene Madison's A Hollywood Story (2003) is a painful but effective evocation of the emptiness of celebrity culture: against a white background a woman recites lines about stardom (“Of course the public has to want you”); her annoyingly flat, nervous delivery demonstrates the “lack of an inner charisma” she claims causes failure. Jen Fisher's >White Palace (2002), a protest against male-dominated student productions in which “violent things happening to women were the only way they could think of to move the plot along,” is a bit pretentious. The longest of these six videos, Masami Kawai's Whose Dream, Which Cut?, is a choppy, self-indulgent portrait of the maker's mother. 87 min.

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