The work "To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation" (2013) is a to-camera performance, in which six musicians play the score entitled "To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation"
– a work written in 1971 by an experimental composer, Pauline Oliveros. The work was created on the basis of the Scum Manifesto (SCUM - Society for Cutting Up Men) by Valerie Solanas, in which the feminist writer and activist proved that it is possible for a society composed of women only to function effectively. Nevertheless, unlike the original, which was written as an orchestral (chamber orchestra) work, the piece by Oliveros is played on a guitar, synthesizer and theremin. A 16 mm camera itself is an additional “active” performer in the work. The camera is constantly moving and interacting with the musicians in a single endless shot, which is then modulated in the process of montage – highlighting close-ups and fetishizing details of the body, instruments and costumes. In "To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation" , the author asks about the possibilities and limitations of the political character of music and film forms – can sound, rhythm and light become constituents of a revolution? Does intervention and split-up of outdated structures release the feminist and the anomalous?
Medium: super 16 mm film/ HD
Acquisition: purchase Ownership form: collection Source: Galeria Ellen Marca de Bruijne Index: MSN: 4300-23/2015 Acquisition date: Nov 30, 2015 Financing source: Cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the 'National collections of contemporary art 2015' priority