Nature I
Peter Bogers, 1986, 8'08''

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There's nothing funny about 'Nature I', despite the fact that one can hear someone roaring uncontrollably with laughter. The images show a wide open mouth which video manipulation has turned blue and orange. The physical mechanics of laughter are demonstrated by the sight of the tongue and the uvula. The laughter becomes increasingly crazy and satanic, degenerating into powerful and aggressive bursts of sound. Halfway through this work, these explosions are slowed down so that they become relatively calm and normal-sounding. The image of the mouth changes into the static image of a raised head. Finally the sound ebbs away. The laughter with which 'Nature I' began has been denied a reassuring context; it seems to have nothing to do with pleasure anymore. Essentally, laughter is in no way innocent: monkeys, for instance, laugh when they feel threatened. In that respect, 'Nature I' maybe reveals something 'primal' about laughter... Read more...

  • Date: 1986
  • Length: 8'08''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual
  • Keywords: communication, body, sound (subject)