A twisted look at old Winnipeg public-access TV comes to Vancouver
Last week I wrote about one of Club PuSh's more warped and wonderful offerings, Daniel Barrow's Winnipeg Babysitter.
The artist has dug up all kinds of archival footage of DIY programs from the 'Peg's anything-goes public-access-TV past (mostly from the '80s), and put a dual-projector show together. One screen shows some of the outrageous and oddly artful programs that made their way on-air; the other is an overhead projector with background and commentary about the video you're watching.
Here's a taste of some of the truly demented stuff he's dug up from the dustheap of TV history--and I think you'll agree it goes beyond even the weirdest moments of the old SCTV's Sunrise Semesters. Above, watch the Cosmopolitans, a vaguely masculine female duo who really did play hits on keyboard and drums at a Winnipeg seniors home.
Dare to watch more? Well, then, you just might be ready to check out Muscle Dancing, linked here, which just speaks for itself.
If you have a taste for the eccentric, we highly suggest you get tickets for Winnipeg Babysitter, which happens January 26 at Performance Works. A warning though: you may not emerge altogether the same again.