(37 minutes, DCP, 2003)
BY WAY OF DISPLAY by Vienna-based artist Karl-Heinz Klopf is an experimental documentary about the effects of betel nut consumption on Taiwanese urban culture. In Taiwan, the commercialization of betel nuts – a mild stimulant when chewed – has spawned the development of a new makeshift type of building, the betel nut stall. These simple mobile units, staffed by 'Betel Nut Beauties' who dress in tight uniforms to attract their customers, have cropped up all over the country. The video By Way of Display focuses on the urban, cultural and social contexts of betel nut stalls.
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