Exercises in Black, Brown and White

2013

video with sound, 5,43 min

This video work depicts a woman and man reenacting Kamasutra positions. Both are dressed in black and wear black ski masks. They attempt to imitate the complicated positions precisely to improvised piano music that ocasssionally strikes a sour note. The maskings render the partners anonymous. So, the sexual act is detached from intimacy, and thus becomes a parable for human relationships and communication. The depictions of the partners vary: from gentle encounter, to disciplined execution of the Kamasutra’s prescribed program, to a humorous commentary on gender relations. The title “Exercises in Black, Brown and White,“ originates from another aspect of the work: the formal composition of colors and shapes in space – it is a choreography of movements, colors and sounds.

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