After William Fort’s “Percepto!” or John Waters’ “Odorama,” it looks as if the time has come for Swedish provocateur Anna Odell’s “The Gynaecological Cinema Chair” – an interactive expertise created specifically for this yr’s Göteborg Movie Competition. An idea that’s extra than simply an attention-grabbing gimmick, nonetheless, because the director behind 2013’s “The Reunion” was fast to level out to Selection following the screening of “The Examination”. Her new mission, which sees Odell speak to recognized Swedes about topics starting from equality to power, earlier than asking them to strip from the waist down and sit in a gynaecological chair, in entrance of a educated skilled, describing the workings of an precise examination.
“Once I invited these males, I stated: I’m going to ask you to do one thing that solely ladies do. I used to be afraid that if I inform them concerning the chair immediately, they might run away,” defined Odell, additionally on the town to provide a director’s speak.“Final summer time I used to be in Poland, displaying my newest movie “X&Y”, and went to see an artwork exhibition. In one of many rooms, there was this gynaecological chair. It simply stayed in my head,” she added. “When the competition known as me about making an official vignette this yr [showing her standing over writer Jan Guillou with her foot firmly placed on his head, as in direct response to him body-shaming Stellan Skarsgård in the past] I believed: Sitting on this chair places you in a extremely susceptible place. If I might do that to highly effective males, it might be actually fascinating.Stellan Skarsgård
Males that, other than Guillou, additionally embody hockey legend Börje Salming, former Swedish minister of justice Björn Eriksson, and former president of Interpol Thomas Bodström. However not all of them agreed to her phrases, with feedback like “this picture can be used as proof of what an fool I’m” or “I’d be doing it simply to be good” backing up their refusal. “I feel it’s fairly typical,” stated Odell. These males, they wish to be seen and say what they suppose, however going forward and really doing one thing is one other factor altogether. Lots of them are older, so to abruptly do one thing that girls are doing didn’t appear “manly” sufficient. It was positive, understanding that a few of them received’t sit within the chair, or will insist on maintaining their garments on. I needed to search out out what they might say about it.”
Predictably, the reactions range. Some get vital, others counsel discovering one other approach to present their vulnerability – with Odell sitting on high of Eriksson in a single scene, holding him down. “He stated on the finish: This was enjoyable. You’ll by no means stand up from a gynaecological chair, saying: Physician, this was enjoyable,” deadpanned Odell. “Jan Guillou was the primary one I met and I used to be a bit nervous. However after I requested him if he has his personal thought of what he might do as a substitute, and he did, I used to be blissful. If nobody would sit within the chair, it wouldn’t be an excellent mission. However he confirmed me one other method of being susceptible, and that’s after I began to imagine this may really work.”
Odell, already a headline-grabbing artist in Sweden, is not any stranger to creating individuals uncomfortable. “I’ve finished completely different work earlier than, like after I faked psychosis. Folks reacted very angrily to that concept, so I’m used to it,” she stated, referring to an artwork mission “Unknown, girl 2009-349701” that led her all the way in which to court docket. “It was fascinating to see them getting so defensive and seeing what sort of defence they have been selecting. Or listening to one in every of them counsel it might be higher to focus my consideration on erectile dysfunction,” she revealed.“The best way I work, I slip an necessary query into one thing that’s unusual, forcing individuals to be trustworthy. We will’t simply blame males for inequality, ladies play a giant half in it too, however possibly we will lastly settle for that being robust doesn’t imply behaving “like a person”. Simply take into consideration how a lot they’re lacking when they’re taught to by no means present any emotion.”
Odell additionally determined to create the entire atmosphere across the mission, with nurses inviting individuals for the screening within the ready room after which main them to the examination room for the second half. To be skilled in, no surprises right here, an precise gynaecological chair, an thought leading to various stifled chuckles. “We snicker once we are uncomfortable, it’s a approach to deal with it. We’re not used to seeing a person uncovered like that. However possibly seeing that can really change one thing?,” puzzled Odell. “There was this younger woman and she or he stated: It feels so unusual, I’m sitting right here displaying my vagina to all these males and a few of them make me so indignant! For me, this second half is admittedly humorous. Nobody has ever laughed in a gynaecological chair earlier than and I’m wondering if it’s one thing that might be finished within the U.S.,” she stated, together with her producer Manne Indahl chiming in. “Perhaps Obama would do it?”
Anna Odell’s “The Examination” was proven on the Goteborg Movie Competition on the first interactive gynaecological cinema aka “The Gynaecological Cinema Chair.”
CREDIT: Camilla Lindberg