Whose Toes – Barry Doupé 2009, 33′

Barry Doupé’s Whose Toes showcases the late Princess Diana and John F Kennedy as its main characters. While the film has added unrecorded interpretations of history, we’re invited to return to past events that have caused discomfort, and to re-imagine a misstep in time. Much like David Lynch’s Mulholland Dive, the disorienting blurring effect and swaying camera style makes it seem as if we’re witnessing these events first-hand, after having crashed our cars ourselves. The sound track plays this up by pairing our fuzzy view with a constant hiss, leaving us to stumble our way through the puzzling story line with what appear to be the effects of a severe concussion. Real and imagined (or rather, scripted) content mix together in a blurry swirl of unresolved fragments and narratives.

Bio  Barry Doupé (born 1982, Canada) is a Vancouver based artist primarily working with computer animation. He graduated from the Emily Carr University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Media Arts majoring in animation. His films use imagery and language derived from the subconscious, developed through writing exercises and automatic drawing. He often creates settings within which a character’s self-expression or action is challenged and thwarted, resulting in comic, violent and poetic spectacles.

His films have been screened throughout Canada and Internationally including the Ann Arbor Film Festival (Ann Arbor, Michigan), International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), Anthology Film Archives (NY, New York), Lyon Contemporary Art Museum (Lyon, France), Pleasure Dome (Toronto, ON), MOCCA (Toronto, ON), Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France) and the Tate Modern (London, UK).