“Spit” explores the balance between play and consent. The video by the Berlin and Sweden-based collaboration featuring Natasja Loutchko, Marta Orlando and Clémentine Roy, presents the ejecting saliva from one’s mouth as an act of violence or humiliation. One can spit to show disrespect or disgust, but it can also be exchanged between lovers as a gesture of bonding and intimacy.
The action in “Spit” takes place visually suspended between earth and water. The scenery of the video is Gruenewald forest, the zone where mostly gay men explore the sexual act of cruising. Through an eroticised practice centered around spitting, this place is transformed into a new territory. The subjects claim and stretch the area with a wider meaning, their ambiguous ‘soft spitting’ between two strangers becomes a flirting game, longing for each other's bodies through their bodily fluid.
SPIT 3hd 2021/ Garden of Eden, Berlinische Galerie, image by Ink Agop, © Creamcake