Shave, 2007, 2 Channel Video Installation, 75'

Shave is a two channel synchronised video installation for one projection and one monitor. As the main camera slowly circles around a man, naked to the waist, the film shows the ritualistic and psychologically intense transformations the person goes through while being wet shaved by a barber, from the head to waist. A recurring sound of water splashing directs the viewer to a second video, showing the shaving bowl into which the foam and hair is rinsed. Filmed in complete synch to the rotating video, this action takes place on a monitor, turned up so that the viewer looks into the image as if into the real bowl. Filmed and presented in real time, uncut, the work retains its structural unity. The circling movement of the camera accentuates the sculptural perception of the protagonist while the barber himself seems to draw and erase the lines of this body, revealing a new form in the process.