Idle hands

The video Idle hands, a composition for two hands inspired by the 1999 film of the same name.

Hands’ autonomous and unruly agency are the focus of this work. Fear of the body can be overwhelming, mostly when an embodied existence is perceived as what can be called the alien hand syndrome: in which hands act at cross purposes, failing to obey their owner’s conscious command. Imagine hands held out in front of our bodies, disobeying, rejoicing in their own insubordination. Or acting out in opposition to the conscious volition of our persona. Here, the gestural language of the hands expresses the psyche’s true intent.

Film and script by Maria Isabel Arango. Sound created in collaboration with by sound artist Lucrecia Dalt.

Single channel video, 12 minutes loop, 2018.