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Servie Janssen, 1972, 0'58''

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Two gnomes dressed in white sheets and masks dance around, holding sticks with paper skulls in their hands. It looks as if they are worshipping a plastic male mannequin. The two gnomes dance in a space that looks like a school corridor. After less than a minute, they suddenly seem to see something scary, and they run off. This very early video work by Servie Janssen explores issues about beauty, outcasts, rituals and death – subjects that return in his later video works like 'Towards the Shaman' and 'Television, products, etc'.

Netherlands Media Art Institute, Anna Hoetjes

  • Date: 1972
  • Length: 0'58''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: performance (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: life, religion, culture