Opwarming enzovoort centrale
Miguel-Ángel Cárdenas, 1972, 19'27''

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The title of the video work is also Miguel-Ángel Cárdenas video company name. The title literally means Warming up etc, etc, etc.. 'In Hilversum, family B is cold. The warming up company was called in to do something about it. In this work Cardenas installs himself into a household, a family of four. The mother, father a teenage son and a child. In contrast to this family environment Cárdenas cuts with short sequences of lips, eyes, sexually engaged in French kissing and female gazes brazenly gazing at the spectator. The artist here presents himself as the warm blooded south American type in Holland that has inserted himself in an ideal Dutch family that needs some warming up. Cárdenas arrives to the house in a white van with the name of his company ad the video piece clearly displayed on its sides. Within this family environment Cárdenas increases the heat literally by increasing the temperature of the heating system. He even decides to make a hot spicy soup for the family. Time progresses but the family seem to get colder and add more clothing, hats blankets, scarves. He on the contrary is getting hotter and takes more and more clothes off until he is naked. Its an admission of failure he does not manage to warm things up. The work seems to refer to the sexual implications very evident in his own sexuality. Images and sequences are repeated again in slow motion. Music accompanies the video piece, songs in Spanish but also literal sounds and voices while the filming took place.'

Netherlands Media Art Institute, Stefan Aquilina

  • Date: 1972
  • Length: 19'27''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: (experimental) documentary (artwork genre), performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: artist, body, everyday life