Harm Weistra & Eddi Bal (2012). Damaged Goods II, 3-channel video. 3’30’’
Written comments - posted on the internet and articulated by two voice actors - are the starting point of the video Damaged Goods. These comments seem to guide the movements of two male dancers, seemingly influencing to what extent they dare to live their lives. The contrast between these comments and the intimacy of the dancers invite the viewer to reflect and to take a stand.
Although the video seems to focus on the gay community, it has a broader relevance, in the sense that it questions the impact of the internet and social media on the lives of individuals and groups. The video can be seen as a metaphor for the mechanism of oppression of those who deviate from what is considered the norm. Intolerance that forces individuals to live within socially acceptable boundaries can be seen as the major theme of Damaged Goods..