Who does not remember the 1950s Eskasizer belt machine, one of the first electric machines that promised to firm our bodies? Its advertising presented us with the beautiful mother in the basement, massaging her waist in the hope of toning the undeniable erosion of her aging body.
In ESKASIZER, chameckilerner (a collaboration between the artists Andrea Lerner and Rosane Chamecki) presents four women, each with a different body shape, age, and background. They move in repetitive, yet unpredictable ways, reflecting the constant propulsion of the machine that manipulates their bodies.
The work is a collection of extreme slow-motion takes, in which the camera is zoomed in to the point that the women’s identity gradually blurs into abstraction. Their bodies are not acting on their own impulses and desires. Instead, they are passive — with their hips, knees, and legs yielding to the external forces. The belt vibrates each body, morphing it into a landscape of moving flesh, the movement organic despite its source.
Unfolding over nearly eighteen minutes, ESKASIZER transforms the body into a singular landscape and a meditative, subversive experience of the flesh.
Thursday, October 20 – Sunday, October 23 | running continuously
Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th Street, San Francisco
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ESKASIZER – Jennifer, Gabri, Hillary and Sally
(US, 2015) 14’14” – loop
Directors: Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner
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Concept Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner | Director of Photography Frank Stanley | Music Josephine Wiggs | Producer Tanja Meding | Performers Gabri Christa, Hillary Clark, Jennifer Kjos, Sally Rhodes