sexy

The background story for sexy is worked out on a huge flat-screen television. Mega pop star Miley Cyrus’s music video “We Can’t Stop” is playing, which the artist Kurdwin Ayub watches, copies, and ultimately also interprets. Like the singer, she, too, lolls about in a skin-tight fitness suit that stops above her belly, imitates the movements of copulation on the sheet, and shakes her butt from time to time. The amateur and the professional on the screen embody the youthful vamp.
In sexy, both women are occupied with the casual self-empowerment of their bodies. But Kurdwin Ayub’s protagonist does not have the tools to become an international star: there is no black rapper, no ultrathin models who want to be cool tomboys to multiply her attraction. She scratches her head and chewing on her gum, broods over her choreography, which she could commandingly convert to sexy “capital.” She doesn’t wrestle with oversize plush teddy bears, like Cyrus, or with the cool clique of friends on the next screen. Insecure, she struggles in a minimalist way with the (commercialized) cliché of an erotic role model. There, where Miley Cyrus sells her appeal as a natural feeling of being alive Kurdwin Ayub’s alter ego is tormented by doubt about the fervor of exhibiting one’s self.
With her work sexy, the artist uses a simple, pleasurable, and funny approach to burst our notion of an unbroken transfer of female authenticity by the media. At first glance, it is hard to tell if sexy is an ad hoc You-tube clip, a poor-seeming parody, or even feminist video documentation of a succinct spontaneous performance? No idea. Certain is, Kurdwin Ayub’s pseudo-intimate settings shake a viewer’s stereotyped thinking. Here, with a rare lightness, her artistic playing field becomes a confusing deconstruction of strategically employed aesthetics. (Petra Erdmann)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt

Orig. Title
sexy
Year
2013
Country
Austria
Duration
3 min
Director
Kurdwin Ayub
Category
performance
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Credits
Director
Kurdwin Ayub
Concept & Realization
Kurdwin Ayub
Cinematography
David von der Stein
Music
Miley Cyrus
Available Formats
Digital File (prores, h264) (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Festivals (Selection)
2014
Wels - YOUKI Youth Media Festival
Wien - VIS Vienna Independent Shorts
Edinburgh - International Film Festival
Marseille - FIDMarseille International Film Festival
München - UnderDox, Festival für Dokument und Experiment
Graz - Diagonale, Festival des Österreichischen Films
2015
Rotterdam - Int. Filmfestival
Stuttgart - Filmwinter, Expanded Media Festival
Nashville Film Festival
2016
Busan - Intern Short Film Festival