Cleaving

Root Event

5. Werkleitz Biennale 2002 Zugewinngemeinschaft
Cleaving
2002
Cleaving
Cleaving
Cleaving

Even now, Fassbinder seems like too much, still way ahead of us, so out there. Using Whity as a starting point in its unveiling of the master/slave dialectic and power relations in the form of a movie musical or popular vernacular, this video installation’s collusion of race, gender and sexuality as baroque presentation or masquerade and distortion, acts as a rejoinder to that outrageous German film. Flower Drum Song – another ur-text but this one for Asian Americans – reanimates these issues in a contemporary, equally bewitching context placed in the “cold
room” of the Tornitz church.

Three-channels: lifesize video projection of dancer Laurie Young with two mini-LCD monitors featuring Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay singing to Nancy Kwan singing “I Enjoy Being a Girl (Jew, Fag…)”.

Helen Lee, 3-channel video installation, loops á ca. 4 min, 2002. Venue: Kirche Tornitz.

With: Laurie Young, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Clip: Flower Drum Song, 1965 (with Nancy Kwan), Camera: Alexander Decker, Sound: Paul Fischer, Editor: Jörg Drefs, Translator: Gaby Gehlen

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