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The Cabinet of Madame Tussaud

Barbara Campbell
1992

Shot on S-VHS, completed on U-matic, 1992, 6 min

"Madame Tussaud's story is woven around the great portrait machine of the revolution - the guillotine. Its awesome efficiency, touted as a humane form of execution provides a gruesome contrast to images of pastoral serenity."

"Madame Tussaud learnt her skills of wax modelling during the French Revolution. The Terror provided her with models more often dead than alive. The story of Madame Tussaud is woven around the great portrait machine of the revolution - the guillotine. Descriptions of its awesome efficiency and her gruesome task float over images of pastoral serenity."1

Screened at: 
Electric Ghosts, Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW, 23-30 June, 1992, produced by Sydney Intermedia Network
Jetsam: a movement of images, Linden Gallery, St Kilda, 23 Sept 1992
Matinaze 1993, Art Gallery of NSW, 29 May 1993
Canberra Contemporary Art Space, 1993
1st Video Festival of Santiago, Chile, 1993
Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, 1993
Video Rough Cuts, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, 1993

  • 1. "Electric Ghosts" (1990) program.
Format
Shot on S-VHS, completed on U-matic
Duration
00:06:00