Christine Ross, James McGill Chair in Contemporary Art History and Director of Media@McGill, will be appearing on CTV News at 3:30 p.m. today (Thursday, December 20, 2012) to discuss the Remy Couture case. Couture, a professional make-up and visual effects artist, has been charged on three counts of corrupting morals by distributing, possessing and producing obscene materials, after his website, Innerdepravity.com, was deemed inappropriate due to its depiction of violent scenes of murder, sexual assault, and necrophilia. He now stands trial in front of the Crown, to which he has pleaded not guilty, claiming his work is art and not a crime.
Aside from the question of whether fantasy horror scenes do, indeed, constitute art, the case is notable for highlighting the debate on the boundaries of online freedoms of expression.
UPDATE: The interview can now be viewed at the following link: http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=831457&playlistId=1.1087321&binId=1.810401.