Installation / Video projection / Headphone / 5min.41’’ / 2002-03
Four women, who have never before had any contact with weapons, shoot a pistol for the first time at an indoor gun range. The women confront their own limits and experiences of the perception and representation of violence. This brief moment of confrontation has been recorded using a special 16mm high-speed camera (150 frames/second).
“Fokus” is projected on loop. The original sound track (the breathing of the women and the shot) can be heard through headphone. As the observer watches the film, they are in the same “isolated” situation as the women in the film, who are also wearing headphones.
“Fokus” is also set against the backdrop of the question of how violence and gender roles are depicted in the media. It is an attempt to questioning these representations of violence and roles constructions.
With support from City of Bern Cultural Department and Canton of Bern Cultural Office.