Objects in mirror are closer than they appear
stop motion video, 01’:00” 2015
“Objects in mirror are closer than they appear” is a stop motion video, which bearing on Karl Schmitt’s theory of the “state of exception,” coaches itself within the broader problematic of bio-politics – yet honing in particular in issues of sexual violence in modern societies.
The video makes use of several allegories which come as representations of violence and sexual fantasy about the sovereign as the one (in this case the policeman) who has the power to decide on the state of exception, and its exact mirror image of the homo sacer. Nowadays the governing elites throughout the world are known for their habitual evasion from legal responsibility for their actions and decisions. Their alibi for this state of exception is their plea of the state of emergency, which, as we all know, is well enacted during periods of war and civil unrest, but also at times of peace. The homo sacer is “an outlawed citizen, the exception to the law, and yet he is still subject to the penalty of death and therefore still included, in the very act of exclusion, within the law.
A toy car moves repeatedly about the policeman’s naked body. It is a metaphor insinuating that social order shrinks in the face of lawlessness and the suspension of the “Rule of Law.” It further implies that symbolic violence, associated with anomos and the arbitrariness of law procedures, is so satirically disproportionate that it excludes the possibility of exercising juridical order ordinarily. Perhaps, the impulse of sexual arousal is the most typical manifestation of what we otherwise call the “insatiable will” of the auctoritas.