I love You! (Montazstroj)

Dalibor Martinis

1995, 29:30 minutes, B&W, n/a


In the damp and claustrophobic spaces of an underground war shelter two men and one woman try desperately to establish a relationship. Drawing simultaneously from western media images, from MTV to CNN, and immediate, particularly dangerous post-communist reality, Ja te volim (I love You!) offers some unpleasant parallels. Sport is violence, love is death, sex is television, body is pain, contact is confrontations. The provocative fragmentary scenes in which everybody seems to fight everybody turn slowly into dance duets which are interrupted by new conflicts. Instead of words performers exchange saliva as a bodily confirmation of total trust. Body is a medium and a machine of this piece. Produced as black & white, the video offers exceptional visual beauty which counterparts the roughness of the theme. Frequent and unpredictable changes in rhythm underline the intensity of the performance. Ja te volim (I love You!) is based on the elements of the stage piece 'Everybody goes to disco from Moscow to San Francisco' by the author and choreographer Borut Separovic performed by Montazstroj.

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