Elsa merdelamerdelamer + VIS A VIS
- Abigail Child |
- 2013 |
- 25 minutes |
- B&W |
This DVD includes the following films:
ELSA merdelamerdelamer Digital. b/w. 4 min. 2013
Abigail Child's short, ELSA merdelamerdelamer, is a smoky, punky and sexy chapter in the collectively made Feminist bio-drama, MamaDada about the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, avant-garde performance artist, sculptress and poet.
The Baroness travelled from Germany to Tennessee, New York to Paris, was lovers with William Carlos Williams and perhaps gave the famous urinal to Duchamp, whom she describes as her "cast-iron lover." This brief excursion is inspired by an event that was lost in development where Man Ray and Duchamp made a film of the Baroness shaving her public hair.
World Premiere: New York Film Festival 2013
European Premiere: London Film Festival 2013 + Rotterdam Film Fest
Ann Arbor Jury Prize
Fronteira, Seattle and Sound-Eye Festivals
VIS A VIS 25 min. 16mm orig. edited digitally
". . .The electric disparity and informing of sound to image is characteristic of so much of [Child's] work . . .strong, sensuous, unexpected, fulfilling, courageous."
- Mark McEllhatten NYFF 2013.
Inspired by Vertov's Lullaby from the 1930s, as well as by Warhol's Screen Test portraits and Frampton's Manual of Arms from the 1960s, vis à vis constructs black and white portraits into a set of Romances, a notebook of sexualities: s/m, lesbian, gay, straight, solo. The piece celebrates friends and divergent (d)alliances. Out of the past comes a vision of the future as a set of erotic possibilities.
VIS A VIS voted best film of 2014, Oona Mosna Windsor Media City Film Festival in La Furia Umana, Italy.
World Premiere New York Film Festival 2013
London Film Festival 2013
Rotterdam Film Festival 2014
Age L'Or Festival Views Belgium 2014
Crossroads and Flatpack Festivals 2015