Utilizing strategies of condensation and re-assemblage, these three pieces take Hollywood classics as their starting point. The re-editing process shifts and displaces old meanings until new ones are made.
2 Spellbound is a frame-by-frame re-editing of Alfred Hitchcock’s 111-minute psychoanalytic thriller (1945) into a seven-and-a-half-minute dance video. Converting narrative suspense into visual velocity and exploiting the symmetry of Hitchcock’s camera by reversing every other frame, 2 Spellbound generates a hallucination of transference—an ecstatic dance where bodies and identities intermingle and shift.
“Normal forgetting takes place by way of condensation. In this way, it becomes the formation of concepts. What is isolated is perceived clearly.”
—Sigmund Freud, The Psychology of Everyday Life (The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, vol. VI), 1903
This title is also available on Les LeVeque Videoworks: Volume 2.