As a Matter of Fat

Kiasma, Contemporary Art Museum, Helsinki, 1998
Video installation with a player piano

The theme of the video installation is sex, sexuality and gender. The title Four Songs, As a Matter of Fat refers to the literal mishearing of a song in english As a Matter of Fact. This is intended to be a the sort of enjoyable error that has occured throughout the non-Anglophone world ever since rock music. The title refers to the notion of a ambigious body, outside of the binary category of male and female.

The installation consists of video monitors that are installed among a grand piano. The videos that play in the monitors form a long narrative that threads the spectators throughout a apartment. Each song has its story and a route through the corridors and rooms of the apartment, while voices in English and Finnish recount twin narratives.

The Four Songs present the family dynamics and ideas of sex and sexuality from a child’s point of view. The songs deal with children’s observations of themselves and people outside the family circle. The actors performing in the video (Jenny Robson and Stig Baumgartner) tell their own points of views. Their repetitive and obsessive emotions, thoughts and fantasies, coupled with facial expressions, gestures and postures, create the impression of their ’social gender’.