There’s something unsettlingly intimate yet oddly fascinating about watching strangers eat. Not every bodily function becomes social, and as far as bodily functions go the range of experiences possible within the act of eating are pretty unlimited. There aren’t too many different ways to breathe and blink and heartbeat and cell divide; eating, however, is almost infinite.
Infinite in its goodness, but also in its grotesqueness. In his video for Swedish electro-duo Dmitry Fyodorov’s “Simcoe”, the first track off their upcoming album “Shapeless”, SektorFilm director Markus Waltå whips up a rhythmic orgy of mundane food moments. The blankness, the shovelling, the swallowing without chewing. All of this, contemplating in close-up what each of these subjects are thinking (or trying not to think of) as they eat, builds slowly into the one thing that’s more satisfying to do with food than to eat it: to fight with it.
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