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Eskasizer - Jennifer, Sally, Hillary & Gabri

September 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

chameckilerner (Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner, Brazil), 2014, 4:22 min.

Who does not remember the 1950’s Eskasizer belt machine, one of the first electric machines that promised to firm our bodies? In Eskasizer- Jennifer, Sally, Hillary and Gabri, choreographers and video artists Andrea Lerner and Rosane Chamecki present four women, each with a different body shape, age, and background. They move in repetitive, and yet, unpredictable ways, reflecting the constant force of the machine that manipulates their bodies.

The work is a collection of extreme slow-motion takes, in which the camera is zoomed in to the point that the women’s identity gradually blurs into abstraction. Their bodies are not acting on their own impulses and desires. Instead, they are passive­—with their hips, knees, and legs yielding to the external forces. The belt vibrates each body, morphing it into a mesmerizing landscape of moving flesh, the movement organic despite its source.