Pornographic Pursuit 1
In this installation (a precursor to Pornographic Pursuit 2), the viewer approaches a computer which displays a black and white classic image of a woman taking off her stocking. The image is the first frame of a movie.
As the viewer moves the mouse around he/she discovers that the movie advances one frame when the mouse is moved horizontally over a screen. To see the movie play close to the regular speed (30 frames per second), to see the woman take her stocking off, one has to repeatedly and quickly move the mouse horizontally back and forth. When viewer stops moving the mouse, the movie starts playing in reverse until it reaches the first frame and is stopped.Â The movie of the stripper is a found footage shot from Bruce Conner’s film ‘A Movie’.
In this installation the interface is an old-style-strongman spring chest expander. As the viewer expands it, the projected video advances. As the viewer lets the springs contract the video starts going backwards, but at a slower rate. To keep watching the movie, one has to keep energetically expanding the springs. When the springs are held expanded, the video goes forward at a slow rate, when one takes too long of a break between pulls, the video goes back to where it started.
The projected video content consists of 20 minutes of scenes containing ‘sex and violence’ from a James Bond movie, “You only live twice”.
In this installation the user puts on a pair of boxing gloves.Â As the user throws a punch, it is accompanied by a sound of an explosion. The more powerful the punch the bigger the explosion. Sound effects in movies enrich the content even though they might not be very realistic. We are so used to this practice and so surrounded by media content that this effect might seem ‘real-er’ than a plain experience.