Couple

by Ammann, Hanspeter

Video 2000

Duration
11
Screens
1
Funder
not known
Exhibition
d-net, The Lux, London, England

Lushly romantic yet coolly analytical, Couple is an unsettling meditation on the human need to invest images with meaning. Seduced by the plaintive, melancholy but possibly misleading voice of Chet Baker on the soundtrack, the viewer projects a tangle of emotions onto a continuous shot of a young man seated enigmatically behind a chic Oriental woman. In the absence of other contextual clues, we sift the evidence of body language and facial expression for tenuous implications of narrative...If an ineffable sadness pervades this tape, it's perhaps because the status of what we see always eludes our grasp. Peter Matthews

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