1-channel video installation
13‘, PAL, 4:3, Stereo sound, Color
Steel, clay, cotton, spandex
In 1981, cases of rare lung infections and unusually aggressive cancer were found in young men. As the AIDS crisis started with reported 270 cases of severe immune deficiency among gay men by the end of the year, sate governments seemed to be busy competing on imperializing outer space. While Voyager II finished its mission observing Saturn it also carried recorded fragments of Western life with it, to be found and decoded by potential alien life forms.
Anti biota uses archival footage as well as private video fragments from the artist to encounter aesthetics of politics that seem to have conserved a much more fundamental problem than the mere problematic representation of gay men as subjects of the AIDS crisis. Here, what is explored is not the unknown territory that seeks to be claimed, but what seems to have been lost along the way: bodily desire.