Scopophilia

Residency at The Art House

Wakefield

 

Scopophilia - translated as 'the love of looking' - refers to the predominately male gaze of Hollywood cinema. Used in feminist film criticism, the term is heavily influenced by both Freudian & Lacanian psychoanalysis. Both the subject matter and the techniques of filming are seen to encapsulate the desire of men to look at women.

 

Made specifically for The Art House Wakefield solo development oppertunity SOME TIMES, the work uses footage from the 1962 film 'The Brain That Wouldn't Die'. Focusing on individual characters, the film has been manipulated and re-edited into two seperate video pieces. The themes of voyeuristic sadism, narcissism, festish and desire are singled out and magnified.

 

By creating space between the female and male characters and by positiong the works in different parts of the building, the spectators own voyeurism is also questioned.

Sequence 1a

Still from Scopophilia Part 1 2012

3'08"

 

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