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Intoxicated by my Illness (Parts 1 & 2 Intensive Care)

Stephen Dwoskin
2001
41mins

Intoxicated by my Illness (Parts 1 & 2 Intensive Care)

Intoxicated by My Illness (in which images photographed by several people are extensively superimposed) loosely and dreamily tracks a phase in Dwoskin's recent life that took him from medical examination to intensive care.

Mostly it is a reverie about erotic fantasy - especially the excruciating, poignant ambiguity of bodily sensation strung out between intense pain and exquisite pleasure, between the figures of the nurse, who might be imagined as a bondage mistress, and the bondage mistress, who touches the 'dominated' body in the most tender way imaginable. Dwoskin periodically overlays known 'movie music' in order to ironically foreground his own 'self dramatisation', all the while drawing us into a rare and precious intimacy in extremis.

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