Mz Frankenstein (Video, 15:30)

1993

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This video adaptation of Mars’ Mz Frankenstein performance takes the form of an imagistic narrative presented in the classic “infomercial” style. Mars as Dr. Frances Stein demonstrates the hook-up of a revolutionary reducing machine called the “Relax-a-ciser,” while ominous jingles and scrolling text provide a litany of warnings and statistics related to the health and beauty industries. Multi-layered, humourous and abrasively aggressive, Mz Frankenstein asks the viewer to consider the question: How far will you go to achieve the kind of perfection you want?

Selected purchases: Canada Council Art Bank; NSCAD; Mount St. Vincent University Library, Halifax

Written and directed by Tanya Mars
Camera: Kate Craig and Paul Lang
Editing: Robert Kozinuk
Sound: Peter Courtemanche
Original music: Grant Gregson
Performed with Margaret Dragu (voice-over)

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