Video Installation in progress at Tang Gallery, Bangkok, Jun 2008
This year the "Month of Photography" is curated by artist Manit Sriwanichpoom under the loose theme "Portraits"- so I've chosen my favourite action heroes Bruce Lee, Sylvester Stallone, Jaa Panom (Tony Jaa) and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
They are paired off in a systematic rotating video installation, but all the actual fighting from the original films are cut out, leaving only shouting, moaning and strange 'power' sounds. The 4 projections leave a clashing of repetetive noises, which sounds like an obnoxious nagging housewife.
From a more instinctual form of physical aggression it becomes an ‘intellectual’ form of aggression, much like the mental warfare of a chess game. The result is just absurd, a feeling like banging your head against the wall over and over again.
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