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Tony Oursler (b. 1957)

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The Weak Bullet (1980)

1980, 12:41 min, color, sound

Told with raw eccentricity and grotesque humor, The Weak Bullet is an ironic tale in which the trajectory of the eponymous bullet propels a bizarre narrative of social rupture and sexual paranoia. Oursler takes the viewer on a delirious, psychodramatic odyssey through a nightmarish landscape that is part Caligari, part splatter film, and mostly his own outrageously perverse internal universe. As it winds its way through Oursler's world, the subversive bullet acts as a disruptive phallus that both castrates and impregnates. The miniaturized, crudely rendered sets house an expressionistic theater that is distinguished by Oursler's ingenious visual shorthand, narrative disjunctions, and typically droll, stream-of-consciousness text. -- EAI

This title is available for exhibitions, screenings, and institutional use through Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), NY. Please visit the EAI Online Catalogue for further information about this artist and work. The EAI site offers extensive resources for curators, students, artists and educators, including: an in-depth guide to exhibiting, collecting, and preserving media art; A Kinetic History: The EAI Archives Online, a collection of essays, primary documents, and media charting EAI's 40-year history and the early years of the emergent video art scene; and expanded contextual and educational materials.