RUB DOWN

Rubdown, 1970 (2 minute excerpt)

"Rubdown," like "Positive-Negative," was also made in a television studio at the University of California at San Diego, used in a performance as a large projection, and originated on one inch tape, using two cameras. The kinescope makes more use of dissolves and wipes rather than a vertical split screen as in 'Negative." Filling one half of the frame is the torso of a male lying on his back. In the other half one hand rubs a foam rubber mat. Off-camera microphones are used to amplify the movement of the hand on the foam. Other props are wooden blocks, which are arranged around and on top of the performer. The torso remains motionless throughout the film. The two cameras probe different aspects of the obviously sensual activity. These shifts of point of view alter the viewer's focus on the activity so that the changes in scene through dissolve and wipe, and negative and positive keying serve to rarefy and redefine the erotic connotations of the activity more abstractly.

KEITH SONNIER