First, watch this video
Then tell me, what is it about?
Is it truly pornographic?
There are so many stories portrayed in this one dance piece, which is why I love dance so much. The movement of an arm and the twirl of a head can shout a hundred words in an instant. In this video, I see a father and daughter trapped by expectation and patriarchy, fighting each other for understanding. The father is hoping to tame his daughter so she stays with him and does what he needs her to. The daughter is trying to break him down, destroy him if need be, so they can both be free. That’s just one story.
Another story is a man fighting his inner demon. If he can only tame it, he’ll have peace. But at the end, even when demon is calmed, the man is still trapped. The grief on his face is heartbreaking.
It’s sad that the only thing so many people can see is a man in skin colored trunks trying to seduce a little girl. Is it the color of his trunks, or her tunic, or that he’s a grown man in a cage with a child? I agree, all of those things could make you uncomfortable, but is it impossible to see beyond the visual and give the art a chance?
The Elastic Heart video is brilliant because it is complex, daring, and controversial. It tells a story we can all feel, while challenging us to feel more.
Art requires fearlessness, not just from the artist, but also from the person experiencing the art. Break out of your comfort zone a little bit and you’ll be amazed by what you’ll discover.
One thought on “A Pornographic Elastic Heart?”
The original video with a pubescent teen in flesh colored leotards was disturbing enough, but fine.. i am willing to squint and call it “ART”. but by the time you have a grown an interacting… shit. maybe it was innocent maybe it was… art? but for me i skipped ahead as i got uncomfortable. and i skipped some more than i got to the end. thank goodness. Im not sure what in my life gave me cause to be disturbed by this. Perhaps its being a father to a fragile daughter? or this messed up society we live in? who knows. but im more disturbed with this than i am with most GG Allen videos… twisted, i know. (bloggers husband)