This is good for you

Jacqueline Forzelius &

Jacqueline Forzelius extends an invitation for dinner. The artist's camera angle places the spectator at a plain wooden table. A young androgynous woman is sitting opposite. Nothing suggests that a second person is expected. The words spoken by the 'hostess' confirm what is already indicated by the field of view - the invited guest is already sitting at the table. Though seeming to be in dialogue form the comments turn out to be a monologue. The young woman complains about the behaviour of her guest who is invisible to the spectator. The manners of the alleged hostess however leave much to be desired. She drinks yogurt, spills it and stirs it on the table, it runs out of her mouth and she smears it with her fingers. The spectator's initial curiosity is turned into a fascination that also implies a certain uneasiness by the perspective and the direct addressing: >>Am I spoken to?<< The artist works with the visual, acoustic and emotional levels that constitute the human communication system. She demonstrates limitations of this system whenever narrative strings on these levels are diametrically opposed. (Nadia Ismail)

About the video

Title This is good for you
Year 2005
Videonale VIDEONALE.10
Length 00:07:57
Format 4:3
Country Sweden,
Language Swedish with English subtitles
Courtesy the artist
Specifications color, sound, single-channel video

About the artist

Jacqueline Forzelius
  • 1982 in Eskilstuna, Schweden.
    Studied at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NED, at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Bergen, NOR, and at the Kyrkerud Art School, Årjäng, SWE

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