Volcano (video, 5min, 2004)
softer and tender eruptions... Volcano explores another point of view
on orgasm after Valie Export, Annie Sprinkle and Vito Acconci...
Volcanoes and male genitalia share the same anatomical structures:
tubular conduits and chambers where the pressure is build up. The
precursor signs before eruption, the viscosity or the fluidity of both
magma and seminal liquid are unique and identify the geological
formation or the body to which they belong. Beyond the visual
fascination, both flows of lava and sperm could offer death or life,
contaminate, destroy or fertilize...
Male orgasm is usually considered to be mechanical while female orgasm
is organic and complex... Not quite convincing... Female artists
through feminism have explored their sexuality far more than male
artists. The eruption of male sexuality in contemporary visual culture
is a recent phenonmenon - it was previously more literary, while female
culture has flourished on this terrain since the 1970s
Deadly flows... The flow of lava could be deadly, contaminated, beyond
the beauty of the spectacle. Beyond the visual fascination for the
plumes and clouds of sperm, the same eruption could offer death or
life, in a second... Volcanoes, violent agents of destruction,
fertilize huge tracts of land for centuries with their ashes.
The anatomy of a volcano is close the anatomy of the male genitalia.
The same complex structure of tubular conduits, chambers where the
pressure is build up. The same precursor signs before the main
eruption, discreet flows of seminal liquid, periods of accumulation,
constraints until the boiling liquid flows find an outlet...
Irruption of identity... The viscosity of the magma determines both the
formation of the volcano and its associated activity. The viscosity or
the fluidity of the sperm flows is also unique and specific to each
male body... It can reveal age, states of stress or confidence, health
More than a genetic portrait, a forensic clue to identity at the scene
of the crime, the orgasm reveals psychic states of mind, qualities of
interrelation with a partner... A drop of subjective and
The sculptural aspects of the flows and clouds are fascinating... Each
male could play a symphony of eruptions, with specific rhythms,
magnitudes, orchestral scores, connecting to dramatic, romantic or
violent states of relationships with the self and others...
The intensities of the music composed for Volcano perceptibly precede
the flow of visual events. They follow the variations of bodily
feelings under-control, whereas the moving images relate out-of-control
climaxes. The disconnection between these two layers create a feeling
of unexpectability and undeterminacy....