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Christopher Haun, Geoff Tuck
Organized by Micol Hebron
<em>Out of Our Minds / OOOM</em>, dir. Tony Stone, 2009. Production still on location in Vermont by Melissa Auf der Maur (c) 2009. Courtesy of Industry Projects.</p><p>

Out of Our Minds / OOOM, dir. Tony Stone, 2009. Production still on location in Vermont by Melissa Auf der Maur (c) 2009. Courtesy of Industry Projects.

This scene is like a shot from a B movie back-lot production based on Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, some fantastic tree massacre slash ‘n’ burn flick, or an environmental snuff film. Think BBC eco-documentary meets Japanese exploitation gore-horror meets The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Auf der Maur’s production still of Out of Our Minds / OOOM’s pagan set conjures a homespun version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Mordor, the middle-earth from Lord of the Rings. Mordor has two meanings: “Black Land” and “Land of Shadow.” The name translates as (mo duo) in Chinese, “[a place where] demons are many.” Auf der Maur delves into the dark history of ritual blood-letting of the land by the human species, a dominating race that has systematically abused, conquered, exploited, raped, and ruled over mother nature, one another, animals, and land. This is a shadowy realm where conventional Western wisdom is no longer of use, and destructive patriarchal patterns are ritualistically sacrificed to the Goddess.

Christopher Haun, Artist

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