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Blue Movie

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Blue Movie was the exhibition by Jordan Baseman throughout 2009 July. It was the second exhibition of Jordan Baseman at the Mattʼs Gallery, it featured a 16mm film of the pornographic footage originating from the early 1940s in Nazi occupied Belgium. The soundtrack is based on the academic discourse, it was played simultaneously with the uncensored version of the film. The commentator featured in the soundtrack is Pamela Church-Gibson, a reader in Cultural and Historical Studies at the London College of Fashion. The soundtrack consisted of the descriptive narration and of the political analysis.

Politics

The exhibition deals with the ideas of power, patriarchy, feminism, authorship, the history of film and voyeurism. It does not tend to take sides in the anti-censorship/anti-pornography debate, but rather explore the range of issues which are relevant to the discussion (violence towards women, perception of sexuality and social conduct, etc.) The point of not taking sides of debate was a very strong one, as it allowed people who have gone to the exhibition to start thinking for themselves about the issues rather than being polarised into either loving or hating the ideas expressed.

Censorship

The video was presented in the edited, but uncensored format. The edits kept the film in the original sequence, but shortened the original and kept it in line with the audio of the interviews. It felt that Pamela Church-Gibson was able to speak her mind in the interviews and that she did not herself support censoring the film to somehow “protect” the public from explicit imagery; she also has expressed the sentiment that the censorship of pornography will not make women safer.

Presentation

The exhibition was presented in the basement of the Mattʼs Gallery, in complete darkness (apart from the projector) and with no chairs (only pillows and cushions on the floor). It can be assumed that the darkness element was meant to keep the atmosphere of how the film would be watched by the people who came in possession of it after it was made, however, that most likely cannot be said about the floor-sitting arrangement.

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