Kiki Smith & Ellen Cooper- Cave Girls (excerpt) (1982)
Between 1980 and 1983, Kiki Smith and Ellen Cooper organized a group of fifteen women—most closely affiliated with the artists’ collective Collaborative Projects (Colab) and the Lower East Side’s alternative art space ABC No Rio—in a video project entitled Cave Girls. Shot in super-8 film, Cave Girls reveals the discovery of a prehistoric tribe of women in South Orange, New Jersey. The first half of the video follows a team of researchers as they uncover an abundance of archaeological evidence, including videos, of this prehistoric female-only society. After constructing such an already tentative narrative held together by voiceovers, however, in the second half the thirty-minute work devolves into a montage of cave girl footage accompanied by post-punk music from the all-female bands Y Pants and Bush Tetras.
I’m really shocked that this is the first I’ve ever heard of “Cave Girls”, as it is up so many of my alleys! Read an article about it here: http://pastelegram.org/features/69