Metal God


CD-ROM including:

Metal God (1999)
war on painting (1996)
the tenor & the vehicle (1995)
sign language (1995)
cow mechanics (1996)
sometimes stitches are necessary (1996)

The title piece disintegrates a story of disintegration. Story of a trapped body which hallucinates an escape. Ultimately, only the imagination is free to wander and the body remains stuck. Beth Greenspan’s text is animated throughout, and loosely interpreted in sound and image.

Metal God was originally a performance created by Tammy Forsythe and Christof Migone and presented at Espace Tangente in Montréal, February 25-28, 1992. The elements seen and heard on the cdrom are culled from the original performance and from a series of audio and video recordings done by Tammy Forsythe and Christof Migone in the summer of 1997.

The text was originally entitled “Praying To The Gods Of Office Ceiling Sprinklers On Juniper Street” and originally published in the book In the Realms of the Unreal: ‘Insane Writings’, ed John G.H. Oakes (Four Walls Eight Windows, New York, 1991). It is here used by permission of the author.

– Contact Zones: The Art of CD-Rom, Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary, Fall 2001.
– Images du Nouveau Monde, Québec City, March 2001.
– Montréal International Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM), Fall 2000.

Concept, dance, sound, video: Christof Migone
Choreography: Tammy Forsythe
Text: Beth Greenspan
Assemblage and streaming: Yves Labelle
Typography: Fabrizio Gilardino

Special thanks to the Media Arts section of the Canada council for the Arts and the Western Front. Thanks to Henry See, Sarah Toy, Rebecca Scott, Geneviève Heistek, Richard Cyr, all beta testers.