Bodies of Work

I
2009
Single channel video with sound, freestanding screen, with red, green and blue theatre lights. In collaboration with Emma W. Howes. Music: Meshuggah, “I”, from the album I, Nuclear Blast, 2006
Dimensions: 300x169cm (freestanding screen)
21:01

Install detail

(4 minute excerpt)

Exhibition venue: Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, NL, 2010.

This video features a collaboration with dancer Emma Waltraud Howes who studied the particularities of head-banging styles. The result is a 21-minute endurance performance (shot in one continuous take without any effects or editing in post-production) that follows the event by focusing solely on the shadows of the dancer’s body thrown by coloured spotlights. At rare moments, a hand or a wave of hair from the dancer does enter the screen. Meshuggah’s epic-length track, “I”, from which the video is titled, is a rare brand of thrash metal that combines Classical (diatonic) and Modern (12-tone, symmetrical, synthetic, morphology, jazz, extension) harmonic and rhythmic material with the characteristic yelling from the vocalist.