Around Art/Crime

If you were in any way interested in extreme gore at the beginning of the Globoweb, you surely stumbled upon the infamous website Morgue666, later renamed Inner Depravity.

Around 2005-2006, and being quite interested in extreme material, I was quite delighted when I’ve discovered this website and it’s monthly updates. It was obviously fake, but a curious and unique aura kept me attracted to the sadistic masked character maiming, violating and butchering various models.

Delight turned to surprise when I learned the individual creating this stuff was actually living right in my area, Montreal, Quebec. Remy Couture, the man behind the mask, was actually a hilarious, happy-go-lucky kinda guy. Remy ended up working with most of my entourage (Syl Disjonk, Éric Falardeau, etc.) and became more and more professional, ending up hired on major hollywoodian sets.

Around 2008, Inner Depravity was at a dead point. No new gallery had been uploaded in months and the website turned more and more into a portfolio rather than an actual project.

In 2009, let’s just say I wasn’t surprised, but totally shellshocked, when I learned he got arrested for corruption of morality and production of obscene material. Being in Canada and believing we could do whatever we want, this was a slap in the face for all artists working with the extreme or the controversial. After Nagisa Oshima, Mike Diana, and too many others, cultural morality was back.

I won’t dwell into the details, but this affair is still not resolved. Remy’s trial has been pushed until december of this year and no one knows where it’s standing on the prosecutors’ side.

Nevertheless, I stopped working on personal documents since last year and invested all my time in a documentary project. The goal was to dissect Remy’s work, provide information around his arrest and inform of the legal/moral implications. It was a grueling task. Having no funds nor time, I took care of the camera work, the interviews, the planning, the editing, the credit card and most if not everything else. I still had the support of a lot of people and I thank them for this.

The final object, named Art/Crime, helped me understand the cogs behind the justice machine, broadcasting on the Web and the control of information. The film is faring pretty up to now. It played at a lot of local festivals, winning the public prize for best documentary at Fantasia Film Festival last year. Better yet, it’s now available on DVD through one of the best independent distributor in Quebec, FunFilm.

So, the DVD is available worldwide if you’re interested. It’s 26$ CAD, shipping included, and is NTSC All Region. It includes Remy’s short films and the most extreme of his photographic material. I’d like to get this thing worldwide to make people aware of this situation.

Thanks for reading.