Beyond Reproach

Lisa Smolkin

2017, 11:58 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 2147.03

How does one cope with relational issues and injuries of self-esteem? They search the net, watch TV, buy things, enter VR worlds, identify with cute objects and place themselves in the center when they are feeling invisible. Beyond Reproach opens with an animated screensaver of Sanrio’s, Little Twin Stars bouncing around the screen. It moves to the protagonist talking about her relational issues and most recently trending thoughts. Lisa buffoons as a new-age clown using themes of narcissism and consumerism as tropes to explore vulnerability, emotions, and self-worth. As a spiritually omnipresent underdog she inserts herself into the television show, The OA as an angel or as the host to a pre-movie tech segment she attempts to remedy her feelings of marginality. Porously sensitive for all her life, she escapes into a VR world and stands witness to a special effects game of therapeutic beanbag toss. Lisa talks to a real life fashion model and asks a young man about his dreams.

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