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When I Was a Monster

Anne McGuire 

(USA, 1996, video, 5:00)

A girl has attached a caliper to her (potentially) broken wrist. She stares, full of abhorrence, at this disfigurement, while continually moving her arm. The music is as contorted as the movements she makes with her arm. Her actions become more and more mechanical as the rest of her body joins in. Then she mimes driving a car. An accident perhaps?


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