SEGMENT: Matthew Barney in "Consumption"

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Release date

September 28, 2001


"A system that has an internal object, Freudian narratives—consumer and producer, violence, sexually driven, NFL films—these are the things I think about," says Matthew Barney. His "CREMASTER" series of films twist narrative flow, challenge genres, and interrogate art as they explore the ways "that violence is sublimated into form." This segment follows Barney and his crew on the set of "CREMASTER 3" at the Saratoga race track and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. At Saratoga, Barney transforms a group of horses into racing corpses; at the Guggenheim, the artist transforms the Museum into a set for an obstacle course/video game.