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Five easy pieces (1995)

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16mm black-and-white and colour film,
transferred to video, no sound,
7 minutes 34 seconds, continuous
projection

In a montage of carefully choreographed sequences, the camera goes independent and assumes vertiginous vantage points. From a worm’s-eye view, we follow a tightrope walker as she moves step by step from one side of the frame to the other. Then the film cuts to a bird’s-eye view of five men swinging hula hoops, only to return to a worm’s-eye view of a single dancer swinging his hips. The only colour sequences are close-ups of the artist’s eyes, nose and mouth, seen through the distorting lens of an endoscope. The rapid cuts and the play of the camera challenge perception, creating effects that are heightened even more at the end of the film when the artist, rising up from below, urinates and spits directly at the camera lens and therefore at us, the viewers.