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Jesper Just: Servitudes

Outernet Arts is pleased to announce a special screening of Jesper Just's Servitudes inside the Now Building.

Servitudes explores the tension between femininity and autonomy in our capitalist society. A young girl (Hemingway) sits alone in an office eating corn. Her hands are secured by Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) devices which both aid and hinder her ability to eat. As a symbolic nod to the disparity between identity and commodity, the individual and social constructs, the woman in the film’s interaction with the audience waivers between flirtation and apathy.

Servitudes is not an individual but a construct, the embodiment of a social mechanism. She cannot criticize a system whose existence inherently begets her existence. This tension is expressed in her actions--as she eats the corn, her hands are restrained. Even the corn itself relates back to the political system--a world of GMOS and capital gain. She too is modified, manipulated, a pawn in a power play that is both hidden and transparent.” - Jesper Just

View of the installation “Midnight Moment” Times Square at Times Square, New York (U.S.A.), 2015. 

About Jesper Just

Jesper Just is an internationally-renowned artist. He graduated in 2003 from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and represented Denmark in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. He uses the language of cinema to confront and divert the stereotypical Hollywood constructs of masculinity and femininity, as well as the biased representation of minorities and people with disabilities in mainstream culture.

His short films and multi-projection video installations question the mechanisms of cinematic identification and break viewers’ expectations of narrative closure by unfolding surrealist, emotionally ambiguous, open-ended, and often silent situations or encounters. His use of lush, elaborated film scores plays a crucial part in creating an overall deceitful sense of narrative progression, and music rather than speech often serves as the sole means of communication between the protagonists of his unfathomable plots. Interested in how public and private spaces define and shape human interactions, Just further plays with the notion of architecture as performer, to echo and expand his characters’ enigmatic journeys.