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DIGITAL FITNESS VIDEO

Towards the end of the first semester this year, I had high hopes and plans to make a film inspired by several texts by Tobias Wilke, Moritz Geiger, Edward Bullough and Freidrich Teodor Viserer discussing the concept of quasi emotions, interpellation and what happens when we see brutal images. The authors discuss this in terms of Greek-plays and how we emit empathy when seeing someone being beat up or killed on stage (because of the “4th wall”), and how this essentially releases the person from an ‘oppressed stage’ (Geiger)), leaving them relieved and joyful.

I took this in consideration for the 21st century, thinking about how this can be applied at an age where we can search up videos of people getting beheaded and shot online in seconds. Wilke calls the emotions caused by watching others in pain with ease ‘quasi emotions’, which he describes as a somewhat fictional emotion derived from empathetic and sympathetic/reactive feelings as a result of seeing a violent act that is performed and hence not real. I believe we experience a hyper version of this ‘quasi emotion’ when we watch violent videos online, leaving a distance between the screen and yourself and hence a hyper relief from it.

I had a vision in my mind, and was excited with what I wanted to express, however as the weeks went by and my attempt to make the work became harder, I never got to finish the video.

The video on this website is a fragment from the full video where I took the theory of the authors above and reinterpreted it into a digital fitness video, deemed to help you and ‘release your oppressed being once and for all’. This was done with a coordinated exercise/dance video inspired by common internet dances as well as a fast forward video of violent fight found from youtube.com projected on my face.

The inability to finished the video, made me realize for the first time the sometimes ridiculous standards I ask of myself to do. The video never got to be finished, as reality checked my actual editing and filming ability, making me realize that I can’t fully work on my own, if I want to make these kinds of works.


I am still enthusiastic about the video, and have footage and plans that can still make it happen if I have the right helping hands. However for now it will remain unfinished and as a piece of my planning process as well as fragmented references, in order to remind me that I can’t do everything by myself.

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