Modus Vivendi

Kinga Araya

1997, 11:00 minutes, colour


The Webster dictionary defines the Latin term modus vivendi as an "agreement establishing a temporary compromise between two groups in conflict". Instead of naming the "two groups in conflict" that work on reaching "a compromise", the video in a provoking manner asks the question WHO are the opponents and WHAT are the limits of a compromise?

During the 11 minutes the screen is filled with a close up[ image of the woman's head that communicates different emotions to the viewer. For example, the subject either smiles, shouts displays feelings of discomfort, irritation, pain, surprise, or nonchalance...
Each of these short and absurd "savoir vivre scenes" fades into black to fade out with a new image in order to disrupt the continuous presence of the misbehaving head.

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