Whacker

© Stanya Kahn, Harry Dodge. »Whacker«, 2006. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.
USA 2005, 6’ | Direction, Realisation Harry Dodge, Stanya Kahn | Distribution Electronic Arts Intermix

»Under a cloudless Los Angeles sky, Kahn − dressed in incongruous heels and a summery dress − runs an electric weed whacker through a hill of overgrown grass. During breaks, the whacker's annoying buzz gives way to the trill of birds and distant sirens, with Elvis Presley's ›In the Ghetto‹ leaking from a passing car or a radio somewhere.« (Text reprinted with permission by Electronic Arts Intermix. www.eai.org)

Biographies
In the video works of the Los Angeles duo Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, the artists approach the alienation and violence of contemporary American life with absurdist humor. Dodge and Kahn's collaborative, performance- based videos inhabit an urban L.A. landscape that evokes both the everyday and the post-apocalyptic. In deadpan performances and elliptical narratives, Dodge and Kahn infuse their uncanny visions of Bush's America with wit, dread and longing.

Harry Dodge, Stanya Kahn
USA
2005
Short Film
2014
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