Garbage, The City, And Death is an eight-minute, single-channel video.
It consists of three scenes from a Fassbinder play of the same title, which was
banned from the stage in Germany in 1985. My adaptation consists of the scenes
between Roma, the prostitute and Franz, her boyfriend/pimp. I play Franz and my
half-sister, Joanna Coleman, plays Roma. The couple bickers over money
problems, her undying love for him, and his general disgust with her (produced
by his latent homosexuality). The film moves from the city, where they are
living in their car, to the Salton Sea, to a hot tub in the night.
This project was born out of a month-long
visit between long-lost sisters who did not grow up together. I use
Fassbinder’s text as a means of exploring concepts relating to sibling-hood
that do not exist in my actual relationship with my sister – it is an
illustration of how I imagine sisters might fight. Sibling rivalry is warped
here into a lovers’ quarrel.
As Franz and Roma’s relationship deteriorates,
their surroundings become progressively more intangible. They end in a vaccum,
engulfed by the blackness of night, as they are drawn hopelessly closer
together despite Franz’ clear disdain for her and desire to get away from her.
Garbage, The City, And Death has screened at "Rencontres Internationales", Outfest, PACT Zollverein, Workspace, The VIP Art Fair, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, and Human Resources.