Exert (excerpt), 2012
Single Channel Video, 8 min
Exert is a series of video portraits which invite the viewer to become a voyeur in an action that is so common, yet not socially acceptable to watch. It allows the viewer the time to see up close the physiological and psychological responses through the face under exertion.
Through this piece I would like to create a sense of duration and effort of progress. I would like it to speak of all the ways one can exert their body through exercise. Fitness is a key part of contemporary life. However in an evolutionary sense it can seem redundant, as we no longer have to worry about being in competition with other animals. We compete largely with ourselves.
Exert raises questions of why we compete and why we put our body through pain and physical duress. Is it for better health, a better body or the satisfaction of winning? Or perhaps because subconsciously when we do, our bodies release endorphins that make us happier.
This piece articulates my struggle in balancing my health and happiness with contemporary societies norms of beauty and how by doing something in which we loose our composure results in feeling better about ourselves.