Ken Anderlini

January, 2007

Director, video maker, curator, teacher. SFU- and UBC- trained Anderlini has been a presence in the Vancouver queer film/video scene since the early 1990s, committed to the aesthetics and politics of sex, and to the themes of homophobic violence and the Pandemic. Essentially a collagist of images and voices, Anderlini launched his experimental triptych Tangled Garden (1992-94) from a lavish chiaroscuro assemblage of contemporary gay male bodies posing against a backdrop of Western homoerotic painting, from Michelangelo to Demuth, under voices dissecting masculinity and desire. Threnody, a Wailing Song for Carl (1991, 20), is a densely textured elegy for a Vancouver artist Carl Watson (d. 1991). Hose (1998, 9) plays with the semantics, erotics and politics of piss, deliriously dousing the commoditization of queer sexuality.