Edwin Janzen
Food Fight (Rapturous) (still image)
Looped single-channel video, 05:39 min.
2012

"Food Fight (Rapturous)" uses sequences of food fights appropriated from Hollywood cinema to explore extreme emotion in the context of consumer culture. A uniquely capitalist form of transgression, food fights occur because the materialist ideal of conspicuous consumption necessarily implies conspicuous waste, which itself becomes a new language or “vocabulary” for self-expression. Within this particularly capitalist discursive space, the cinematic characters in my video experience and express physio-emotional states visually reminiscent of religious ecstasy, orgasm and battlelust.

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