A man and a woman appear separately from one another, life-size in front of a plain white background. They are first seen in comfortable, casual clothes, then they begin to change their clothing - apparently, for a date. By constantly changing and combining different articles of clothing, they continually transform their appearance and style. The sounds of the different fabrics, the clanking of hangers and the breathing and moaning of the actors fill the room.
Each one appraises him or herself critically in a mirror. In the process, they look directly into the camera, or rather at us, the viewers. In this way, it remains unclear for whom they are dressing up - for the viewer, for each other or for someone else entirely?
After about 20 minutes, each of them is relatively satisfied with his or her appearance, and rushes off-camera. The lights go out. One hears the doors close. After a while, the light is switched back on and the same procedure starts all over again.
This work was first shown as part of the solo exhibition “Body-Bilder” (Body Images, 2005) at the Galerie Gabriele Rivet in Cologne.
Actors: Heinz Keller and Susanne Seuffert