Ambi<>valence

Kónic Thtr.


A dance on video in which two roles contend, an anonymous scrivener who decrees and the body that complies, in a game of ambiguous violence about observation, submission and metamorphosis.

A delicate composition between the human body and the administrative processes pointing towards renewal. The performance of programmes and processes admit to an encoded insertion into the politics of existence. It is worth remarking the exceptionally clean photography of the piece, the parallel processes whereby the moments of tension (like devouring numbers) are slowed down, its different visual superpositions and the body of electronic sounds.

This video presents the conjunction of two radically opposed acts, the exploration of the body, and accounting. Two situations, perfectly photographed, are presented: the action of filling out administration books against a naked body. The visual space is fragmented into close-up and detail shots of both bodies, the bureaucrat and the primitive. Amongst notes handwritten in balance books, accounting details, dates, schedules and order, the administrator’s observations oscillate between the medical diagnosis and an inventory within a process of cataloguing fragments of sensitivity. Local permutations, displacements on the same location, apathy and slight deliria due to the uncertainty of the naked being standing against the administrative examination, with no relationship whatsoever between the two, except for the visual confrontation of shots. Via a montage of alternations, details of positions and tensions of hand and body are given, coded and touched, whilst on the image, number calculations and the infinite symbol are rewritten. The sentimental use of light and the skin as the physical support of culture, contextualised via a sound flow, regularly broken, point to the capacity of contemporary human beings to assimilate the mixture of codes. Both contradictory realities function nevertheless as complements in a neurotic conflict: the incapacity to square life off without loosing it among the numbers.

Alternating states of emotional contradiction, cerebral and sensual, the virus of signs and order invade the naked skin. The dancer’s head is invaded by numbers that he eats, the body covered in adhesive signs difficult to erase. At the end, a programmed body, decomposed in systematisations, sick. A body without canon, redesigned with signs, in the presence of the administrator, in its contingency and instability, the properties of danger, of sexuality, fear and death are consumed by the numbers. A logic that goes beyond the flesh, traversing the total ambiguity of physical, social and particular identity.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Ambi<>valence
  • Direction: Kónic Thtr.
  • Production: Kònic Thr.. 2000.
  • Team:

    Directed by: Rosa Sánchez
    Music: Alain Baumann and NORSCQ
    Performers: Kerstin Weiberg and Alain Crevoisier
    Camera: Joan Babiloni
    Edition: Elisabeth Breil
    Thanks to: Tramway, Glasgow (UK), Institut Universitari de l’Audiovisual (UPF) and Hangar

  • Duration: 00:15:07
  • Languages: English
  • Original format: DV-Cam
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright