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The Natural Look

Steve Reinke

2014, 36:32 minutes, Colour, English

TAPECODE 345.153

There is no future in reproduction. I have no concern with any species extending itself through time. You think you have given birth to a baby, when really you have given birth to a bus driver, or tax collector. Instead I'm interested in the placenta, the real mother of us all, forgotten discarded. The softest machine, all lipids and blood, that blooms and rots like any vegetal/floral martyr. That umbilical cord did not connect you to your mother. It connected you to that most partial of objects — the placenta — part you, part mom, all marytyr and garbage. It is not the after birth but the essence of birth itself. "The Natural Look" is a video dedicated to all things placental. It is constructed out of material all downloaded from the internet, mostly from Youtube. Nature films — both professional and amateur. Seven chapters are introduced by quotes from E. M. Cioran and Clarice Lispector, which provide a larger context for thinking placentally. The genital is superfluous, but pop music remains central.

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