" HIM OR HER " dance version " is the dance version of " HIM OR HER " c. 2014 by Alexandro Santana , and focuses on "opacity" in film, and the photographic "punctum" , see Roland Barthes, ( "Camera Lucida" c.1969 .) Severe close-up and cropping techniques, exerted upon the "original" film material, are employed to dissociate image from text, and hence from the sign : signifier/signified = Representation. The figure/ground dialectic has been eliminated from the film. The remnant "fragments" of imagery reveal a web of empty signifiers open to infinite interpretations. The "unknown" ( see Foucault , "The Order of Things" c.1970 , Random House Inc., New York ), i.e. "no meaning" , other than that which is experienced by the moving "forms" on screen. Any sense of narrativity is thus conflated into a polyglot of meaning, which manages to decode the text into opaque , in-between , peripheral , found , coincidental, and incidental readings of itself . Now, the text can provide, or allow, or open , or reveal , or "derive" (see Guy Debord , "Society of the Spectacle" c. 1967 ). as many readings as there are viewers. One could ask : Do popular music videos belonging to the commercial mainstream genre dissociate themselves from narrative content by virtue of their accompanying musical track ? As long as we can derive alternative readings from the filmic text, our chances at decoding ideology and convention are secure .

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