Die Geburt der Venus / Birth of Venus
Moucle BlackoutAustria / 1970 / 5' 0''
Tuškanac Cinema, 22:00 h
Tuškanac Cinema, 20:00 h
The basic material consisted of about 30 photos showing some close friends, and a dead pig we had found on a road. The pictures of the pig are used as a symmetric motion-montage. I took proper and left/right-inverted photos which are moved back and forth symmetrically over the central axis. The introduction scene shows Botticelli's Birth of Venus, cross-fading the figures at both sides and following the title, also Venus with a symmetrical pig-montage. A detail of Botticelli's picture appears at the end of the film on a wrapper of a lavatory-deodorant (sniff). Three Beatles songs emphasize the performance with their text. The pig is used as a symbol for the woman as a victim. It also stands for any associations to pig as proverbial: poor swine, filthy pig, greedy pig or it may allude to a pigsty. The friends appear as: two dancing women, two lovers, a cock, a sex-changing head, etc. Part of the photos were shot by Marc Adrian. (M.B.)