by Parisio, Anne M

Film: 16mm 1980


Bodywork is an experimental film made under laboratory conditions in which differing physical states of the human body are measured with a physiograph. The physiograph translates the frequencies of functioning organs of the human body, (heart rate, alpha waves, respiration, muscle response etc.) into drawn lines but these frequencies have also been translated via a synthesizer and vocoder into sound patterns which form soundtrack on the film. The film is a record of five very differing states: (i) Normal state. (ii) Nicotine (a fast acting drug). (iii) Deprivation of sleep. (iv) Pain ( random white noise). (v) Hypnotism (induced revulsion). One could create a visual and aural environment merely by existing…


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