BerlinMaria Eichhorn: Film Lexicon of Sexual Practices 1999 / 2005 / 2008 / 2014 / 2015
Film Lexicon of Sexual Practices was made for the exhibition May Day Film Media City (Portikus, Frankfurt/Main, 1999), initially comprising four films, and conceived for further extension. During the exhibition films were shot, depicting the first entries Eyes, Mouth, Breast Licking and Cunnilingus. In the course of each exhibition of the work in the years 2005, 2008, 2014 and 2015 new films were produced. The individual films are available in the exhibition situation in film cans labeled with the respective film title, to be played upon request, and are screened in a not darkened exhibition space. A text applied to the wall contains the list of all films and the information “The films will be screened upon request.” The scenes, shot mainly with a static camera against a neutral background, show close-ups of the practices identified in the titles, and are silent. Love Bite and French Kissing feature two female and Anal Coitus and Fellatio two male performers, and Cunnilingus a female and a male performer.
Maria Eichhorn (b. 1962, Bamberg, Germany) lives and works in Berlin and Zurich. She has exhibited internationally since the 1990s. Current and recent solo exhibitions include the Chisenhale Gallery, London (2016), the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (2015) and Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2014). Recent group exhibitions include Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna; Wohnungsfrage, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Take me (I’m yours), Monnaie de Paris; and All the World’s Futures, 56th Venice Biennial (all 2015). Recent publications include In den Zelten 4 / 5 / 5a / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 9a / 10, Kronprinzenufer 29 / 30, Beethovenstraße 1 / 2 / 3 (1832 bis / to 1959) > John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 (seit / since 1959), Berlin, publication on the occasion of Wohnungsfrage, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin 2015, and The Indelible Presence of the Gurlitt Estate. Adam Szymczyk in Conversation with Alexander Alberro, Maria Eichhorn, and Hans Haacke, in: South as a State of the Mind, Nr. 6 (Documenta 14, Nr. 1) (Kassel), autumn/winter 2015, p. 93–104.
20 films (16 mm, color, silent, each approx. 2:40 minutes): Anal Coitus (2008), Anilingus (2008), Breast Licking (1999), Clitoris (2014), Cunnilingus (1999), Ear (2014), Ear Licking (2005), Eyes (1999), Feet (2014), Fellatio (2008), French Kissing (2005), Japanese Bondage (2015), Love Bite (2005), Masturbation (Man) (2008), Masturbation (Woman) (2014), Milk Bath (2014), Mouth (1999), Needle Play (2015), Vulva (2014), Wax Play (2015); film screening, wall text
Courtesy the artist and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin. Photography: Jens Ziehe