A Spy: Hester Reeve Does The Doors (1992)
Video, 4:35, color/mono
Performance: Hester Reeve
Video: Suzie Silver
A Spy: Hester Reeve Does The Doors is a gender-bending and thought-provoking mixture of pure visual pleasure with humorous and unsettling undercurrents. As Reeve lip-syncs to a Doors’ song (â€œI am a spy in the house of love. I know the dream that you’re dreaming of, I know your deepest secret fear…â€), we see a new manifestation of Jesus walking in a video field of pulsing rainbows, amoebic forms, and B-movie girls in black pantiesâ€”suggesting the desires we hide from ourselves and others.
The video is based on a performance created and performed by Hester Reeve, March 8 & 9, 1991 at Club Lower Links, Chicago, for the program, Bait and Switch: At Night Every Girl Is A Boy (organized by Iris Moore and Suzie Silver).
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