< a/b-skala.02 >

Marisa Maza
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A moving body appears within a dark and almost flat frame. The body moves and swings as if outside the law of gravity. We then discover a rope and realise that we are watching a trapeze artist as she carries out her exercises. Still, we never get to find out about the origin of the rope, neither about the real locations of up and down.

The image which our gaze was focused on is set against a second image. The screen divides into two and we watch the same body at different moments. If on a first instance we were following the movements of a body, now we establish relationships between both images. The body becomes something abstract, it turns into fragments that we are required to relate to one another. The soundtrack - uninterrupted and distanced from the visual content of the piece - highlights the non-narrative character of that which we are watching. Colours (black, red, flesh and the white of the rope) create a moving composition on the screen (deconstructing the space and stripping the spectator of all architectonic references).

The physical world gives in to movement and this then is turned into strokes being drawn on the screen. The choreography (or lack thereof) makes us wander before images which we are not sure have been taken from above, from below or from the front. An entity as physical as the body of the trapeze artist is turned into time fragments that we can abstractly join together.

The plasticity of the images makes the piece very seductive and guides the relationship between the spectator and the video closer to certain situations created in other of Maza’s pieces, such as <freie intervalle.vbm-98>.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: < a/b-skala.02 >
  • Direction: Marisa Maza
  • Production: Marisa Maza. 2000.
  • Duration: 00:03:20
  • Original format: Super VHS
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: NTSC - PAL
  • License: Copyright