The Kiss is a work that explores the language of intimacy and the tensions between transparency and surveillance in the early 21st century. Kissing is speaking in tongues, while being observed. The Kiss is composed of a kissing code and a film.
The Kiss was exhibited as part of The Tyranny Of Distance, curated by Sébastien Pluot and Maud Jacquin in the context of Art By Translation. The show was simultaneously on view at Tin Flats Los Angeles and at ENSBA-TALM in Angers, France.
Note from the Artist
“The film, when displayed as a single channel installation, plays as an 18 minute loop. It is, however, divided into three parts. The film plays once without subtitles, to encourage a first reading: a“silent film” in which the viewer can attempts to decipher the character’s body language. It then plays a second time with English subtitles and a third time with French subtitles to let the audience in on what information is actually being exchanged between the characters using the Kissing Code. A different narrative should emerge.”
Performers: Pierre Lanchantin (@pierre.lanchantin), Anna Cifani.
Concept/Directing: Jasmin Blasco.
Writing: Jasmin Blasco, Sierra Feldner-Shaw (@msfeldnershaw).
Camera, Editing, Audio recording and mix: Jeremy Emery (@jeremyjemery).