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Gym Bag

Video, 2008, 7:30 minutes

Gym Bag documents my attempt to become a gym bag. Whether or not the piece succeeds in this reading, I am interested in the task of assuming the form of the bag: body as bag-image. Bag-body hung on wall—volition lost—possibility of a tumble. The gym bag is left on the wall: first a mount that is at once awkward and elegant, necessary to achieve suspension, sag, and release. An empathetic act and a figuring of physics: how much weight could the elastic hold, what form must the body assume, what would be the relationship of hand, arm, hook—how to get myself hung-up, without any assistance?

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