9 states of ambivalence

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    Japan, Sweden

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    video / experimental video

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    synthetic, psychoanalysis, organic

Psychologist Silvan Tomkins affect theory; in psychoanalysis an affect is an emotion or subjectively experienced feeling. The nine affects are: 1. enjoyment/joy 2. interest/excitement 3. surprise/startle 4. anger/rage 5. disgust 6. dissmell 7. distress/anguish 8. fear/terror 9. shame/humiliation. This video consists of 9 individual characters which are crossbreeds of organic and synthetic elements. Each character represent one of Tomkin's affects in no particular order. They are bound together by different external expressions which also can be seen as a form of communication. They are being observed by a dog named Sharik from whose perspective the viewer sees.

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