switch, 2002
still image from dual channel video
dimensions variable

Switch is a dual channel video projection. Each image frames the back of a white leather love seat and appears as a mirrored reflection of the other.

The two women switch roles, each acting as both aggressor and victim in a game of "my turn, your turn". The aggressor sits on top of the victim with hands and feet concealed by the couch. Only the victim’s limbs are visible to the viewer. This combination acts to complete the parts of one body.

The love seat conceals the true nature of this activity. The rhythmic quality created by the continuous loop creates a manic atmosphere. The never-ending action becomes controlling and torturous. It is unclear whether the victim is experiencing pain or pleasure. The game appears murderous, sexual, playful, and humorous

all images © Diana Shpungin & Nicole Engelmann 2000-2007