Tony Oursler
Sucker (1987)
1987, 5:33 min, color

Blood and transcendence are themes that permeate Sucker, with its incarnations of religious iconography and sexuality. Life and death, good and evil are evoked as the incantatory voiceovers and sordid images make reference to communion, transfusions, bloodbaths, bloodlust, vampires and the specter of a virus loose in contemporary culture. Steeped in paranoia and dread, this work describes a subconscious search that is, in Oursler's words, "based on a movie, based on a book, based on a poem, based on a myth, which is based on the quest for human immortality."

Producer: Stefaan Decostere for BRT. With: James Oursler, Mark Wilson. Voices: Larry Miller, Constance DeJong, Tony Oursler. -- EAI

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