Squeezing Sorrow from an Ashtray

  • Videos by Steve Reinke
  • Friday, January 28, 8pm $2 members/ $3 non-members
  • CineCycle 317 Spadina Ave. Rear

Part of Winter 1994

Pleasure Dome’s Winter season begins with a selection of early and recently completed videos from Steve Reinke’s The Hundred Videos project. Part diary, part satire, Reinke’s videos range from the outrageous humour of a Paul Anka masturbation fantasy in Lonely Boy to the self-parody of Barely Human, as the narrator imagines himself biologically engineered for homosexual pleasure. Reinke’s quest is to ‘complete 100 videos before the year 2000 and my 36th birthday. These will constitute my work as a young artist. To date I’ve completed exactly half of the components. For this screening I haven’t selected the best videos but the ones with the most sex and the highest density of laughs’.

‘Reinke’s tapes–short, funny and conceptually swift–come at big ideas like documentary reality, scientific discourse and gay iconography with a casual intellect that belies their sophistication’. (Now Magazine, C. Bailey)