Milking the Swiss Cow

1999, 13:22 min, color, sound

Hodel, costumed in haute couture, enters a barn with purpose. Balanced on a milking stool, she desperately massages a cow's udder; her unpracticed hands finding the task difficult. When the cow's tail whips into Hodel's eyes, she weeps. The surreal disjunction of Hodel's extravagant pink bolero (designed by Christian Lacroix) amidst the barn's hay and excrement sets off an outrageous and darkly comic performance.

Performer: Ursula Hodel with Silvan Gerber Mattli. Camera: Daniela Gerber Mattli and Ursula Hodel. Editor: Seth Price, Electronic Arts Intermix. Assistant: Tracy Leipold.