1. Released in 1998 and available from Video Data Bank, which distributes all of Benning's early works. Flat is Beautiful runs 50 minutes.[return to page 1 of essay]

2. Quote by Kim Knowles (University of Edinburgh, UK): “Reading the Cinema: Text as Image in the Films of Hollis Frampton and Peter Rose,” The Language of Images: An International, Interdisciplinary Conference on Text and Image, March 29-30, 2007 at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. [return to page 2 of essay]

3. Here Taylor would relish the words of John Cage who playfully stated, “There are not just males and females, there are 80 kinds of males and 175 kinds of females” quoted by Carolyn Brown, Chance and Circumstance (NY: Knopf, 2007), p. 520.

4. Having taught the work several times, I've seen more than a few students indicate disappointment after this moment of overt stabilization.

5. Freud, Sigmund, “Creative Writers and Day-Dreaming,”in The Freud Reader, ed. Peter Gay, Norton, NY (1989) p. 437.

Videoworks by Sadie Benning

  • A New Year, 1989 (6 min)
  • Living Inside, 1989 (6 min)
  • Me and Rubyfruit, 1990 (6 min)
  • If Every Girl Had a Diary, 1990 (6 min)
  • Jollies, 1990 (11 min)
  • A Place called Lovely, 1991 (14 min)
  • It wasn't Love, 1992 (20 min)
  • Girlpower, 1992 (15 min)
  • German Song, 1995 (6 min)
  • Judy Spots, 1995 ( 13 min)
  • Flat is Beautiful, 1998 (50 min)

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