The first video Brad created “Punches“ concentrates on the physical violence in a relationship. An invisible person is attacking the male, and the scars develop as a result. The video is also a response to the invisibility that victims have, especially male victims. Consider seeing a man walking down the road covered in bashes and bruises, what is the first thing you would think of? “Thug got into a fight?” “He’s a boxer?” Would that he is being physically abused even cross your mind? By not including audio in this piece adds a poignant stillness and reduced ‘visibility’.
‘Home‘ has been created for the victim and for awareness. Home is a dramatisation of the emotional abuse that can be sustained during an abusive relationship. The victim is melancholy and looking for his partner. Of course this is one situation out of many that can be portrayed, abusive relationships are not just physical, emotional pressure on the victim causes intense feelings of isolation, depression, guilt and upset.
‘Aruo Part – Spiegel im Spiegel’ accompanies this film. Giving a ghostly flow to the film, un-intrusive to the actual events that the spectator (you) are witnessing. The deep tones that resonate through the cello and low base tones of the piano amplify the emotional struggle the victim is having.
Unlike the previous film which is suited as more of a quick advertisement, this short film has been developed to communicate a story. An older man and younger man are together. Surprisingly Brad was asked by many straight people “why is his dad being so nasty to him”. Brad quickly realised that part of the straight community are unaware that it is common in the gay community for older men to be with younger men.
Continuing with the release of the short film Brad felt it necessary to be as true to the community as possible. Younger men are more likely to have experienced domestic abuse than older men. Men aged between 16 and 19 (7.5%) and between 20 and 24 (6.9%) were more likely than men aged between 45 and 54 (3.4%) and between 55 and 59 (2.4%) to have experienced domestic abuse in the last year. (Facts page)
Continued from Video One, ‘Healing and Punches’ has grown from simply applying a new layer of abuse to the victim to pulling back and adding healing and time to the video. Now running for 10 minutes Healing and Punches communicates various levels of abuse to the spectator. The web version has been cut to 10 minutes, for exhibition the video has been designed to run continuously on a loop.
Pausing on each punch allows the spectator to watch as the abuse builds on the victims face, the pauses signify the passing of time. This is a literal representation of physical, emotional and sexual abuse over time, by allowing healing further embodies the notion of passing time between each attack and the victim emotionally and physically having to heal through each occurrence of abuse. Often referred to as the ‘cooling off period’.