Relativ Romantisch

1983-84, 21:46 min, color, sound

In Relativ Romantisch, hundreds of Hollywood kisses have been assembled by vom Bruch and subjected to irreverent and provocative manipulations. As famous couples share Technicolor embraces, vom Bruch subverts their cliched passion using the iconography of technology, communications and war. Celluloid kisses are merged with such signifiers as the flashing Morse Code signals of a warship, a plane's propeller, a radio telescope inscribed with the word "speed," and footage of Einstein proclaiming his famous E=MC2 equation. Conflating the cinematic apparatus with those of technology, communications and war, vom Bruch arrives at a highly charged analysis of the representation of desire.

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