- By: Richard Hurley
Pavel Pepperstein-a conceptual artist and self styled inspector in Moscow's Medical Hermeneutics movement-started to investigate critically the complex culture, psychology, and politics of post-Soviet Russia a decade ago. Hypnosis-a film about erections-is part of this investigation.
In each of the six scenes of the 30 minute film, a woman is transfixed by a man's penis slowly becoming erect just centimetres from her face. This occurs without touch or verbal communication. Hypnosis is set to violin music and was filmed in black and white. Each scene is shot at a single angle with occasional refocusing-similar to Warhol's technique but developed to show the interaction between woman and penis.
Pepperstein describes each scene as a “dialogue.” But where does the balance in each dialogue lie; who is subject and who is object of each hypnotism, the woman or the penis? Pepperstein refers to each scene only by each woman as a different