STAY
Jan Adriaans
2017
Duration: 6’21’’

In a car workshop type space, between the pristine surfaces of car parts, archetypes of mass production, a construction of power is unfolding between a Dobermann Pinscher and its owner. A Dobermann is a special breed, it’s gracious, loyal, and potentially aggressive to strangers. It needs severe training. Both the owner’s and the dog’s consciousness are formed within this relationship. By the obedient appearance of the dog, it seems to concede to the rules it’s been given. But by knowing the rules it starts to gain power itself.
The impression the video gives moves between floating through an abattoir where fresh slaughtered livestock is vertically stored and moved around in this almost perfectly hidden horror of death, and a peek into a shop window, where commodities are on display, waiting for a buyer in their best possible appearance.
If the window-shop represents the manifest image of man-in-the-world, the way the world appears to us, the image of reason and negotiation, and the image of the empirical. The abattoir represents the scientific image of man-in-the-world, the unapparent world of theory and postulation. The conceptualization of the mind (emotions/conceptual thinking) functioning by neurological physiology: particles and chemistry. In the stereoscopic vision of Wilfrid Sellars there’s a constant dualism between these two images.

Voice: Joshua Thies
Camera: Lonneke Worm
Sound postproduction: Charly van Rest
Thanks to: DKC Moving Image, Rotterdam

STAY fragment from Jan Adriaans on Vimeo.