The Kiss
Standard 16mm Film & Installation, 2006


‘The Kiss’ is an exploration of the nature of the clichéd cinematic kiss sequence and the way in which the audience are affected by these sublime images.  The film  installation focuses on Alfred Hitchcock’s notion of the temporary ménage a trois – the theory that through the presence of a camera, the audience are drawn into these images.  The audience are forced to become a part of the cinematic experience, given, as Hitchcock stated “the great privilege of embracing” the couple.  As Pascal Bowiter suggests “[t]here is thus always a third party in a couple, a gaze welding it together.”  Through the presence of the camera (representing the audience) we become a third party to the lovers embrace, creating Hitchcock’s temporary ménage à trois.


The film was originally installed within a small pseudo cinema projection booth and the audience were restricted to watching the film via the reflected, slightly out of focus light spillage from the projector, creating an inversion of the cinematic experience.   This forced the audience to both inhabit and take on the perspective of the Projectionist instead of the spellbound spectator.  Free to move around the entire projection booth, they inadvertently walk through and disrupt the refracted film image, revealing its true form – merely ephemeral light.


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