You Killed Me First: The Cinema of Transgression

Publication TypeCatalogue
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsPfeffer S, Lotringer S, McCormick C, Mekas J, Sargeant J, Zedd N
Pagination175 pp
PublisherKW Institute of Contemporary Art/Walther Konig
Place PublishedBerlin
Publication LanguageEnglish, German
ISBN Number9783863351571
KeywordsCasandra Stark, Cinema of Transgression, David Wojnarowicz, Karen Finley, Kembra Pfahler, Lung Leg, Lydia Lunch, Nick Zedd, Richard Kern, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Tommy Turner

Basically, in one sentence, give us the definition of the ‘Cinema of Transgression’.” Nick Zedd: “Fuck you.”

Nightmarish scenarios of violence, dramatic states of mind, and perverse sexual abysses – the films of the Cinema of Transgression that were consciously aimed at shock, provocation, and confrontation, bear witness to an extraordinary radicality. In the 1980s a group of filmmakers from the Lower East Side in New York went on a collision course with the conventions of American society. Transcending all moral or aesthetic boundaries, the low budget films reveal social hardship met with sociopolitical indifference. Sometimes shot with stolen camera equipment, the films contain strident analyses of life in the Lower East Side defined by criminality, brutality, drugs, AIDS, sex, and excess. 

Published to accompany the exhibition You Killed Me First held at KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin, 19th Feb.-9th Apr., 2012.

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