NO SAFE WORDS is a one-minute video created at UBC Thunderbird Stadium to be broadcast on a JumboTron screen during Toronto’s 2008 Pride March and festivities. The work uses sports broadcast recaps and scorecards/stats as a point of departure for a mediation on athletic stadiums and their history as a site of violence, from standard-issue varsity hazing to stadiums as gathering places for mass deportation and the execution of genocide. Also foregrounded is the homoerotics of such abuse, the male-male sexual desire/repulsion that informs torture and degradation.
Jay Mirus, Cinematographer
Darren Wall, Editor
Dennis Tan, Animation Designer
Mike Germain, Audio Designer
Jeff Petry, Stills Photographer
Cast: UBC Thunderbirds Football Team
Evan Kroeker, Announcer
Executive Producers: Bruce Bailey and Alfredo Ferran Calle
Curated by Elle Flanders for Toronto Pride 2008
Created with the assistance of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery and VIVO.
Noam Gonick is a filmmaker and artist who weaves narrative tapestries with uncommon thread, from apocalyptic raves and Native arson gangs in Winnipeg, to general strikes, psychics and queer back-to-the-land hippie cults. He is the youngest member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
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