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Flesh and the Devil (1926-2018)

two channel video installation

Total running time: 19 minutes and 31 seconds

2018

Flesh and the Devil (1926-2018) is a dual-channel video centered around two historically significant kiss scenes from the 1926 silent film, Flesh and the Devil, which features the first ‘open mouth kiss scene’ and ‘horizontal love scene’ in Hollywood’s history. Three sets of actors who are couples ‘in real life’ recreate the historic scenes. The left channel is comprised of ‘behind the scenes’ shots of the restagings taking place and the right channel shows the edited scenes with the films original score and intertitles. By linking the image to its own making, attention is drawn to the process of constructing images of romance, and by extension, the construction of emotional affect and desire. 

Additional credits: Camera: Miller Klitsner, Sound: Jen Agosta: Acting: Cassandra Gheri, Ben Oakes, Courtney Armstrong, Frank Shin, Jill Von D, Andy Pisharody.

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 Installation view, pictured with companion piece,  aren't you afraid of what she may do to you a second time?

Installation view, pictured with companion piece, aren't you afraid of what she may do to you a second time?