Video Art

GEMMA MARMALADE

Through making videos for her unique projects, I've built a fun and rewarding working relationship with Gemma Marmalade over the years, and am always ready for her next piece.

 

See more of Gemma at:

www.gemmamarmalade.com

 

 

LEMON SONG

 

By Gemma Marmalade

Filmed & Edited by Polis Loizou

 

Video art performance 'Lemon Song' was part of the body of work 'Green Fingered', 2014.

 

'As each plant cell has self-producing phytohormones and clear evidence of the pheromonic properties of natural attraction, including inter-species vertebrate to plant transference, it is not so far a step to consider that human chemical excretions might be propitious to the stimulation of plant growth…

 

...The female homosexual endocrine response shows evidence that a unique combination of progesterone derivative 4,16-androstadien-3-one and estra-1,3,5(10), 16-tetraen-3-ol, unseen in any other mammal sexual manifestation, could cultivate ideal conditions for pheromonal transmission, arousing both the plant genotype and its environmental biotics to a superlative extent.'

 

– Dr Gerda Haeckel, 1976

STRANGE BIRDS

 

By Gemma Marmalade

Filmed & Edited by Polis Loizou

 

In 1957, when conducting extra sensory perception trials with animals, a team of leading parapsychologists discovered that pigeons were able to determine the sexuality of humans through visual observation.

 

Pigeons correctly recognised a test participants’ sexual persuasion through a combination of identifying particular physiognomic cues and psychic ability.

 

Given the potential ramifications of this discovery at a time where non-heterosexuality was either illegal or condemned, the research wasn’t published or reported.

 

Strange Birds is an experimental polyvisual installation artwork that responds to this groundbreaking discovery from an enlightened contemporary perspective.

 

Below photo by Polis Loizou.

 

 

FISH WIVES

 

By Gemma Marmalade Starring Gemma & Mel Marmalade

Filmed & Edited by Polis Loizou

 

Traditionally, local women from the island of Linosa, Italy, have carried out a symbolic annual ritual. In order to establish a hierarchy amongst dominant family clans, the two presiding females meet on the feast of Saint Marina, patron of the sea, fertility and suffering to flagellate each other with fish until a victor is decided.

 

"Fish Wives", parlance for women being shrewish and abusive, takes its name from the phrase attributed to this tradition.

 

The winner collects the discarded, damaged weapons and returns home to prepare a special dish with them. Later, it is presented to the adversary who must sit and eat it as an act of contrition, coined as "andare a Cannosa" and is where the expression "to eat humble pie" originates.

 

Fish Wives (Sweet Science) is a live reenactment of this duel.

 

Below photo by Naomi Itami.