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Spineless Deities

Bushes flower in 'real time'. The ominous buzz of insects cuts across the soundscape. Primordial insect-like forms float across the panorama of vague mounds and shifting patterns of sky. The headless soldiers’ jackets lovingly sprout flowers and bird heads towards one another while this parade of otherworldly beings moves disjointedly across the scene.

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Illustrated poetry of the visionary naturalist and early gay activist Edward Carpenter (British, 1844-1929).

We can ask "Who are these 'soldiers'? Who/What are these 'spineless deities'?!" We know this is a Queer love poem written by Carpenter to a young, desired comrade. Falconer describes it to us visually in this rift in time's fabric, throwing beauty and humor against an ugly, parasitic world. We, too, are addressed in this Quest to free the downtrodden from the oppressors, the censors, the 'spineless deities' domination...

As with Genet's portrayal of prison life, beauty holds on despite horror; even as innocence can exist in times of atrocity. ‘Spineless Deities’ is a tribute to this paradox and an honoring of the memory of fallen Queer comrades




Copyright © 2013 Eddy Falconer

Previous screenings

4 Mar – 9 Mar | Queens, United States
Entzaubert | 2014
2 Jul – 6 Jul | Berlin, Germany

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