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LEGAL ERRORIST

by Chris HARING & Mara MATTUSCHKA
2005 / b&w / sound / 1S / 15' 00

Legal Errorist
Legal Errorist A performance of
transformation, a transformance,
changes its medium and encounters
a camera, which plays dance
music-under the secret eye of a
room that bends and twists along
with it. The «Legal Errorist»-personified
by the dancer Stephanie
Cumming-is a creature that cannot
stop crashing. The sudden overpowering
by the «error,» the system
error, engenders the creature's obsession.
She commences with
great relish through a series of
transformations; that which hits
upon the limits of a simple machine
serves as a learning program
for the «Legal Errorist.» Film and
performance-parallel projection or
articulated interference? Massively,
like a mountain, the body of
the «Errorist» falls to the floor and
lands with an obstinate sound
whose source seems remote from
anything human. As though she
were her own director, she speaks
animatedly with numerous invisible
colleagues. She speaks to the
microphone, not through it: an
eerie animated world of objects,
which become fellow creatures
when one creature cannot categorize
herself precisely. «What?!?»
roars the «Legal Errorist» defiantlyas
though to a higher being in the
dark, and not the diffuse collective
of the audience. And she begins to
lure the gaze through the catalogue
of her body parts. The voyeur's fatally
bundled attention seems inverse
to the body set against it,
anamorphically distorted by the extremely
wide-angled lens. Does
this gaze document a foul subjectivity
or does this closed world look
back as its own lens? The camera
is a shrewd ally in the counterattack
launched by the body on
display. (Katherina Zakravsky)
Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

1 PRINT IN DISTRIBUTION


distribution format Betacam SP
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 46,00 €