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Title

Cells

Description

Mourning Sickness performs "Cells" live at the Apocalypse Club.

Creator

Mourning Sickness

Source

Lilian Radovac

Date

1991-02-20

Contributor

Lilian Radovac

Rights

Melanie Liwanag Aguila

Format

MP4

Type

video

Coverage

Apocalypse Club, 750 College Street

Context

This show was one of a series of benefits for ACT for Disarmament and took place after a demonstration to protest the 1991 Gulf War.

"Cells" is a poem by the Seneca writer Mary Bennett, which appeared in Sinister Wisdom: A Gathering of Spirit 22/23, ed. Beth Brant (Iowa City: Iowa City Women's Press, 1983). It was later reprinted in the anthology A Gathering of Spirit: A Collection by North American Indian Women, eds. Michelle Cliff and Adrienne Rich (Ithica NY: Firebrand Books, 1988).

Mourning Sickness was invited to do a musical interpretation of the piece for the Queeradio special feature "Cells and My Girlfriend," which was produced by labour and prisoners' justice activist Gay Bell and broadcast on CKLN in 1990. The handbill for the program is included here.

Original Format

VHS

Duration

4:11

Director

Melanie Liwanag Aguila

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Citation

Mourning Sickness, “Cells,” Alternative Toronto, accessed December 14, 2018, https://www.alternativetoronto.ca/archive/items/show/403.

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