Blood Risk

Andy Fabo and Michael Balser

1989, 22:00 minutes, colour, English


Mirrors and doppelgangers and spying through keyholes; paintings and panic and confessing in tearooms; these are a few of Blood Risk's favourite motifs.
Two gay men, lovers, are double agents as they attempt to make their way through a viral landscape mined with social explosives. Mimicing Jean Cocteau's "The Blood of a Poet", the artist in
Blood Risk falls through a mirror into a peculiar hotel. However, he finds himself not in a quaint hospice of surreal reverie, but in a malevolent hostelry of hyper-real anxiety, rife with social control of the body. Here he witnesses the nightmarish materialization of the postmodern disapearance of the body replaced by the text. Cleansed by the trauma he returns to everyday life with new found anger and conviction.

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