Video

Sisyphus yogi (Renaissance woman, somersault)

Lisa Birke

2012, 03:20 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 1051.07

A play on the predictable predicament of Sisyphus, “Sisyphus yogi” follows a female figure in a tight black dress and high heels attempting repeatedly to push a yoga ball up scree. In a dramatic backlit climax, just before mounting the summit, the woman slips and falls face-first into the incline. The yoga ball mockingly hits her head and bounces over her body back down the hill. The figure reluctantly pulls herself back to her feet and somersaults down the slope in hot pursuit. The loop begins again. “Sisyphus yogi” takes a close look at the mania of the ‘made’ contemporary woman. Caught in an intensive regimen of yoga and Pilates in the quest for spiritual perfection, life-balance, and tight buns our heroine can never achieve the self and culturally imposed idealism she places on her image making.

*Part of the 6 channel installation Pictures in an Exhibition (1051.13).

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