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Synes Elischka / Ulrich Kühn

Lifeshow RMX, 2010

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz

Synes Elischka born in 1982 in Zurich / Switzerland, lives in Vienna.
Ulrich Kühn born in 1982 in Amstetten, lives in Vienna
 


Synes Elischka / Ulrich Kühn, »Lifeshow RMX«, 2010

Video, 5‘

 
A male courtship ritual or cool posing? Both and neither. Young men, at first looking dapper in white shirts and braces – which they will soon take off – dance to the pumping beat of a classic house track, in which a feminine, somewhat distorted voice authorises itself to end a dying relationship: »...and I don’t hesitate to say it’s over, boy!«

Before it is »over«, however, the two run through various poses against a background at times reminiscent of discos and their light shows: they jump at each other with puffed out chests, run their fingers through their hair in a cool manner, dance to the beat of the music, spray sweat and champagne and even set off a pair of mini fireworks. A perfectly normal music clip? Only if we let ourselves be deceived by the editing and framing, which are perfectly coordinated with the music. For the male bodies on display are something else: they are not tanned and muscular, but thin, scrawny, too white, untrained, with drooping shoulders and a shuffling gait. But they too have their place in a subculture that celebrates boy’s bodies on the cusp of manhood, so that even designers approaching seventy try to fit into drainpipe jeans. These bodies are not threatening, no-one needs to get anxious about them, they just hang around. Aside from clichés about the (over-)sexualisation of certain music styles, their focus is more on telling about the multiplicity of possible desires..

(Claudia Slanar)

 

 

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