Niki Kriese
Trying to Fall in Love (Kaveri) (still)
2008
Digital Video
For this ongoing project I have invited friends and strangers to sit and look in my eyes as we try to fall in love with each other. Gradually incorporating other romantic cues such as listening to love songs and drinking wine, each scene builds to an unresolved end, at least from the audience’s viewpoint. .I’m interested in examining the difference, if there is one, between chemistry and love, and how each develops. How, then, do we describe the connection that results from this intense shared moment, and how to awkwardness and failure play a part? How are the stakes assessed, and what happens when the director allows the control to be wrangled away?
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