My Heart ... series #1


2001, 10:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English

TAPECODE 2038.00

The My Heart.. series is a collaborative project initiated by Nikki Forrest, Annie Martin and Nelson Henricks. Each director has produced a number of short video works (of one to two minutes in length) on the theme of 'love'; each director approaches the theme from a different angle, whether it be love's generosity, lust, romantic addiction, erotic compulsion, unstable identities, obsession, or simply people looking for love.

My Heart the Gambler, Annie Martin, 1:00 2001
A friend of mine told me this story about something she learned in psychology: the principle of intermittent reward.

My Heart the Electrician, Nikki Forrest, 1:00 2001
If you keep flipping the light switch on and off, eventually you will blow a fuse. So now you're in the dark.

My Heart the Optometrist, Nelson Henricks, 1:00, 2001
I am near-sighted. When I see a potentially beautiful boy at a distance, I perceive him as perfectly beautiful. Gradually, as he approaches, he begins to accumulate defects which detract from his overall beauty; sometimes to the point of where he ceases to be attractive at all.

My Heart the Philosopher, Nelson Henricks, 1:30 2001
A men's magazine suggested this as a way to make yourself interesting to other human beings: take up a hobby. For example, medieval history. Then you can go to parties and pepper your conversation with facts about the middle ages. This is a recipe for disaster: a technique that can have devastating results in the wrong hands. It's like entrusting a toddler with a firearm.

My Heart the Artist, Annie Martin, 1:00 2001
I feel obliged to read a lot of theory.

My Heart the Rock Star, Nikki Forrest, 2:00 2001
I turned six in 1970. The beginning of a new era. I was just starting to understand the hugeness of gender. Everything seemed to be about that. It felt really heavy. I listened to my brothers records: Bowie, Slade, T-Rex. Something else was going on here...

My Heart the Bureaucrat, Nelson Henricks, 1:30 2001
Shauna was my first girlfriend. Initially I think I was attracted to her because of non-specific hints of bizarre sexual practices that I heard about her. She seemed, on first glance, to be a rather plain looking office worker type. In fact, she was an office worker. She had a job designing business forms. Only after I'd gotten involved did I find that her daytime job had spilled over into her sex life.

The resulting catalogue of works creates an index of the different aspects of love that's as dizzying and diverse as our experience of love itself. Currently, the core of this series-in-progress consists of six works: "My Heart the Gambler" and "My Heart the Artist" by Annie Martin, "My Heart the Electrician" and "My Heart the Rock Star" by Nikki Forrest, and "My Heart the Optometrist" and "My Heart the Philosopher" by Nelson Henricks. Other works will be added to the series as time goes by. Like love itself, the MY HEART... Project knows no bounds!
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