HOCHSTETLER, KASTNER Tourcon
The film opens with shots of soft pale skin. Long frames of a still body mark the details of an individual. Chest, hand, collar, before revealing the face of the subject. These details are accented with sharp, ‘tinny’ noises which begin to crescendo as a white, viscous curtain begins to cover the once defined features.
Familiar pieces are referenced, becoming less and less recognizable. This buffer begins to overtake the once-personal form. As the identity of the subject becomes less and less definite, the final shot reveals the humanoid form, surrounded by darkness. As the unease of the sharp noises dissipate, we are left with the argument of objectivity within cognition.
We as humans like to romanticize sex. Attributing contextual security and influence. Though, this work argues that the psychological and cognitive components operate through distinct mechanisms and circuitry, affected only by the need to populate.
Alex Hochstetler and Joe Kastner are architecture students at Iowa State University. This film (while presented as a still here) explores sexualization in media and serves a platform to discuss self-image.