Kaleidoscope
TitleKaleidoscope
DirectorJudith Barry
CountryUSA
Year1978
Duration50mins
FormatUmatic video
DescriptionOriginally performed over a two-week period at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, these five-minute scenes juggle with domestic situations and probe the dynamics of a couple's daily interactions - but in this instance the male character is cleverly played by a woman. Popular conventions from TV, cinema and theatre are used to drawn attention to issues raised by middle-class feminism. The format parodies typical soap opera programmes and in so doing highlights how, in its attempt to reflect ordinary life, soap opera grossly distorts reality through over-dramatisation and compacting events. 'Barry hints and puts across the feeling that women then tended to seek solutions to their problems within the confines of personal relationships, instead of pursuing them in the outside world where they really intended changes to take place.' (Magazine of the Dept. of Fine Art, Reading University)