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by Stine Thiesen last modified Feb 18, 2011 02:13 PM
by Stine Marie Jacobsen, 2007

”You Have to keep Reappearing, if You Don’t Reappear, You Disappear”.

 

Shot in Val Verde, Los Angeles.

In the video ”You Have to keep Reappearing, if You Don’t Reappear, You  Disappear”, I walk back and forth in a Western landscape, while I repetitively get shot, fall down get up and get shot again.

Like in a filmic computer game, I play a character, inspired by a gunslinger hero, that refuses to die. The subject is mixed into a new character, a hybrid heroine, an immortal female, an unkillable killer or monster.

The character is not subjected to the image and repetition, but is willingly simulating a relation to the viewer. The viewer is invited to be an active player and together with the screen character, a game of power structure is being introduced. ”You Have to keep Reappearing, if You Don’t Reappear, You Disappear” is like an ironic discourse of Lacan’s notion of the gaze as powerful as a weapon and of the autonomy of the subject.

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