Continuing on my series of rectal related reflections, I bring to you a piece of art I discovered some years ago. It's a video piece entitled: "Colon Karaoke". It utilisises a video documenting a colonoscopy being carried out on the artist, Brina Thurston.
As we watch, we can hear someone turning on Peter Gabriels "Sledgehammer" to play in the background as they explore Thurston's bowels. Open up your fruitcage... indeed. While the song plays, words appear on screen, in a karaoke style, and a voice is heard singing along. As we ponder the absurdity of the situation, we are awoken from from our thoughts, when we see the patient in discomfort from the procedure. A seemingly massive amount of sedative is administered directly after each incident.
Even if you don't gleam any meta-meaning to the events occurring within the video, and think it's nothing more than a lady's bare bottom on display, you can still enjoy the novelty of the juxtaposition of situation and music.
In the words of the artist herself:
Colon Karaoke is a 6-minute video taken from adocumented medical procedure where the song Sledge Hammer comes on the radio in the operating room. A voice over was done in post production adding the patient singing along to the radio. Colon Karaoke highlights the absurdity we endure in the most personally penetrating modern day experiences. It also plays with issues of power, sex and humility in popular culture and other less interesting ideas.[ WATCH VIDEO HERE ]
Going up and down, all around the bends...
[ Brina Thurston's Website ]