Flour Dumplings

Flour Dumplings, created in 1980, would prove to be Terry Fox’s last video. Shot in color, the work elevates the headlines taken from radio news, worked into textual segments, into one element of a moving image. Fox’s early seventies view of video as a liberating and apt medium had changed; he now found it to be restricted just like other media, e.g. painting: “So you’re going to do a performance and use a tape, and the longest tape you could get is an hour. And that’s really stupid, you know. You have all these equipment restrictions. You have a given technology and you’re seeing what you can do with it, but you can’t do anything that the tape recorder can’t do.”