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Pipe Dreams
Sunday, August 27, Playing all weekend
outside the loo at Cell

Brett Simon, 2000

Bathrooms and video are the black sheep of the movies. Both are considered too ugly, too real, or too raw to merit time on the silver screen. When video does appear in movies, it is cast as the medium of choice for perverts and peeping toms. Video is the place where bad things happen, where the gritty details of the real world seep into our celluloid dream. The bathroom is also typecast as the site of dirty deeds, everything from gruesome murders to titillating peeps, to fart jokes. With Pipe Dreams I have attempted to challenge the usual roles played by video and bathrooms in the movies. I wanted to show video as not only as a tool of peeps and perverts, but as a storyteller in its own right. I wanted to use bathrooms not just as a site for scat gags and strip teases, but for romance and fantasy. Pipe Dreams does contain some peeping and a little toilet humor--I couldn't help myself--but also something different, something unexpected.