Lucy Kerr

Sensible Ecstasy (video installation, 4 minutes on loop, digital video, color, sound, 2018)

Exhibited:

Gallery ALSO Los Angeles  2019

Gallery C113 at California Institute of the Arts 2018

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Screened:

CalArts program in Film/Video Juried Selection at REDCAT 2019

Yoni Festival 2018 at the Echo Park Film Center

Cine Marisol Santiago, Chile

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The performances in Sensible Ecstasy embody a desire to extend beyond the limits of the body and touch the sky, while mobilized by the apparatuses and systems that capitalize on this desire. The performances resemble ecstasies of female saints, rendering an uncanny similitude between religious depictions of ecstasy and the state of ecstasy at theme parks, which are emblematic of capitalism in the US. The piece evokes an unnerving sense that emotional and affective states of the body have long been harnessed and capitalized on by the dominant culture, including the Catholic Church, which was the most important proxy political organization during the European Later Middle Ages, and now, through proxy political organizations such as entertainment industries.

 

Performances by Lucy Kerr, Elyse Desmond, and Kristen DeLillo

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