Entry from Acts of Transfer: Duration: 30 min Format: ¾” Umatic SP The Headless Woman is a 30-minute monologue by Shawna Dempsey that recounts a revelatory…
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The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. IX, no. 3, p. 6, Jan/Feb 1998:
“What happens when the Lone Ranger takes off the mask? When the fabric slips and rips and shifts? What happens when the mask falls, leaving her naked between the bridge and the brow?
Well, it turns Tonto on. Tonto, who’s not Tonto yet. Tonto, the butchest woman of the Sierra Madre, who left her mixed Chicano/Pueblo parents behind to throw tomahawks in a circus side-show. Tonto, who can eat glass, swallow fire, and grow a beard to boot, who does so with pleasure, and was in fact doing just that when the circus got busted. When the stranger rode into town, white horse flesh between thighs, hat and belt worn low. The Lonely Ranger. Here to expose the grift, the graft, the ballyhoo, all the while holding tight her own secret, her own illusion, while laying bare the evil of tricks and trickery, the un-American nature of games of chance. “You have to work hard to get nothing. You can’t just get nothing for nothing easy.”
Except Tonto, who wasn’t Tonto yet. Tonto was easy.” – from The Lesbian Love Story of The Lone Ranger and Tonto.
– Artist in Residence 31/01/1998
Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan will be at the Western Front Jan. 9-31, editing their half-hour tape, “The Headless Woman.” They will also be performing a selection from “Tales of The New World,” an on-going body of oral work, on Jan. 31. “Tales of The New World” insert our sexual selves into the myths of Americana.
Artists in residence. This video tape is a triptich about love and desire. The artists also produced a video of the performance Mary Medusa. A…