Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven
Morele Herbewapening , 1996
"The animation that animation that formed the start of the project 'Morele Herbewapening' that lasted 10 years."
"The movie is a computer animation in 5 steps. By means of a systematic use/re-use of images of women from the nude-press until the Sexual Revolution, an alchemistic process is activated. 5 probers around one subject depict an important dichotomy in the mass media: the contemporary aesthetics of fascination for evil and negative information versus the commercialization, thus abstraction, of desire. The movie was the starting point of my extensive 10-year long Sex and Technology project called Moral Rearmament. Therefore I re-named myself HeadNurse, answering to Big Brother, being the assistant of doctor Nietzsche.
On the use of woman images: keeping records on images of women and on wordlists from particular fields made me at a certain point combine them. The same way as car-dealers present their newest products with scarcely dressed females. As an example I sampled words related to particular problems of elasticity, knowledge representation and symmetry in space to connect with files of 1. naked women dressed only with a belt, 2. women showing their breasts while fixating the spectator, 3. women busy taking of their blouses over their heads.
One particular word connects to one image. The word and the image come together in a streched black and white figure. In the next step the concept disappears and the image gets its new meaning thanks to colour. The image re-given to the nature of perception. From there on we can a build a new world. Thanks to serendipity, synchronicity. This happens with trial and error, as evolution works. I try things out, I see how they work, if they work. I use my computer to store images and knowledge. This collection creates systems for revealing things while working. The information becomes the tool, the canvas to work on. The data are the paint, a mixed storage of past, present and future intelligence."
Produced by: Club Moral