Matthew Barney, Shiro Nomura, Mayumi
Miyata, Bjork, Susil Osoma
Shot in Nagasaki Bay on board the
Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru. The relationship
between self-imposed resistance and creativity,
a theme that symbolically tracks through the construction
and transformation of a vast sculpture of liquid
vaseline, called "The Field",
which is molded, poured, bisected and reformed on
the deck of the ship over the course of the film.
Barriers hold form in place, and when they are removed,
the film tracks the descent of form into states
of sensual surrender and formal atrophy. This shift
in the physical state of the sculpture is symbolically
mirrored through the narrative of The Guests, two
occidental visitors to the ship.