Althea Thauberger

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)

Sky, Kory, Aleta, and Reese, the four teenage girls who star in Althea Thauberger’s video A Memory Lasts Forever, 2004, could very well be a high-school alterna- folk band, with the artist acting as their shadowy Svengali. But while Thauberger casts her young charges in glowing light and allows them to costume themselves in stylish junior garb, the artist’s intentions are worlds away from those of a record-company flack. We encounter the quartet poolside, on a drunken summer night in a landscaped suburban backyard. As is often the trope in teen movies, parents are absent. We watch as the friends amble, giggling, onto the deck, only to discover the family dog floating lifelessly in the water.

The scenario is enacted four times, with the lead role rotating among the young actresses, who each perform a different response. Sky discovers the dead pet after barfing into flowering shrubs and

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