Flex is a 2000 video installation by the British video artist Chris Cunningham. It consists of a 15 minute film loop that endlessly depicts a naked man and woman floating in darkness, who by turns embrace and furiously beat one another, culminating in an act of anal sex during which they disappear in a blast of light. The film is set to an electronic soundtrack by Aphex Twin.
It was first displayed to the public in 2000 as part of the Apocalypse: Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art exhibition and subsequently at the Anthony d'Offay Gallery and other art galleries.
A 3.5 minute excerpt of the 17-minute film was released on the DVD The Work of Director Chris Cunningham.
The full 17 minute video was shown in the Barbican’s exhibition Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now curated by Martin Kemp, Marina Wallace and Joanne Bernstein. alongside other pieces by Bacon, Klimt,Rembrandt, Rodin and Picasso.
The man and woman are depicted by combining the performances of a number of performers and body doubles, including actors Jon and Jo Hadfield, and dancers Rob Tannion and Desiree Kongerod.
Post-production work was done at Glassworks and the Moving Picture Company
‘RESPECT YOUR INFLUENCES, YOU ARE THEIR OFFSPRING‘
Michael Olivo (b. 1988) is a cartoonist and illustrator who also explores animation, mural painting, print-making, poetry, graphic design, and video art. Besides self-publishing, his comics and illustrations have been published by The New York Times, Esquire (Russia), Never Press (LA), Hirnplatzt Zine (Austria), Kuti Kuti (Finland), Tiny Splendor (Berkeley), and Sacred Prism (Philadelphia). He has done an animated video for California punk band Pleasure Gallows, interned at FLUXspace and Space 1026 in Philadelphia, and frequently collaborates with the great cartoonists Niv Bavarsky and Jesse Balmer.
Czech translation is available HERE (.pdf, 3,1 Mb).
Avoid self-sabotage, life will be generous with saboteurs.
Be mindful of where your art’s value is derived from, if the well is poisoned
you will die of thirst.
Be critical of your work, stay hungry, but give yourself time to enjoy and
reflect on what you’ve made.
Get some sun.
Respect your influences, you are their offspring.
Recognize the spiritual fountain that creativity springs from, the elephant who
can paint a flower may or may not be aware of this.
Get out of your way.