In the Dark recreates, in a single fluid fade to white, the “eroticism” of going to the movie theater and the desire for sensual images. After the long transition from a black screen to a lighter screen, the spectator is rewarded with an on-screen kiss.
”Mike Hoolboom’s In the Dark provided a contemplative break in the program. Most of the piece is a black screen, with the artist narrating a wry and thoughtful voice-over on cinema, Hollywood and silence. What does this desire to sit in the dark and watch flickering images mean, anyway? In the end we are rewarded with an onscreen kiss between a man and a woman – the kiss is long, the kiss is luscious. In the Dark simply cuts to the chase – after all, isn’t the kiss the moment we all wait for in a film?” LIFT Newsletter, Larissa Fan