Dermaflusux


Dermaflusux is a video by Spencer Tunick and Chris Habib. This video shows images from the artists large - scale public performances. Tunick traveled for six months across the fifty American states photographing and filming nudes in public places. He documents nude people jumping and sprawling across landscapes, oceanfronts and cityscapes. The masses of people recorded via still photo or video tends to diminish their individual presences in favor of an overall schema, which has totalitarian undercurrents.

The compositional elements combine to create an interesting piece of art. This video does not try and change one's consciousness; it is more of a documentary. This video incledes abstract elements, such as the figures in space or when the figures are so unclear that you do not know what they doing. The camera movement is combined with the subjects' movement and is amazing visually. There is also a lack of focus in the camera shots which is common in experimental video and which adds to curiosity. There is a distinct element in this video, which is an interesting technique, of fading in and out of each scene.

The sound is peaceful in the video and pleasing. At times it is realistic sound, for example, filming in cityscapes you have traffic sounds which seem appropriate and add to the reality of the scene. The sound adds to the enjoyment and there is a relationship shown between sound and image, like a rhythm or a pace which goes with the movements.

The curiosity, concerning process and logistics, become part of the viewer's response. This video can seem shocking in its originality and does not fail to grab one's attention in the technique. Dermafluxus is both a video that leaves you with a feeling or message the first time-- it is not difficult to understand, and it's also a video that you can watch many times. It is clear that we witness an amazing productiion of humans posing, sychronizing and acting as sculpture; it is being formed before our eyes. Since this work is composed of shots from different video, the visual experience we see is chosen by the artist, the scenes and the order in which they appear are also chosen, so there may in fact be a real meaning to this video. Real time and space are preserved in this video, unlike many experimental films. Tunick is creating an imprint of time on place!
--Jamie Romanski



Spencer Tunick Work