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"Based on the early Biograph short "Photographing a Female Crook" (aka "A Subject for the Rogues Gallery"), the performance recorded in "Hysterionics" probes “the resistant body’s relationship to the camera eye” (CT). Whereas the woman of 1904 disfigured herself by grimacing wildly in an attempt to thwart the disciplinary gaze of the police, Tennant’s disturbing rendition over a century later is further eviscerated by the accumulation of digital artifacts."  


- Seth Watter, May 2013 

Curator, Self Obliteration 

(Magic Lantern, Providence Rhode Island)


Hysterionics: A Buffer Between Expression and

Meaning (2006)




(Digital Video)



Made during an artist residency at the Experimental Television Center, Hysterionics is included on ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969-2009, distributed by both Video Data Bank and Electronic Arts Intermix.


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