Amazon Woman

The head does it all. While other body-parts have their separate functions as instruments, the head is an all-purpose tool. The head's universality: Object-oriented media magician Anna Vasof celebrates it, and at the same time questions its primacy.

In 24 ten-second-shots, her video Amazon Woman demonstrates what a head – always Vasof's – can do: The nose can be a socket; the ear can be the grip part of a steering-wheel. Teeth can be pliers to extract nails; the eyes punctuate processes by blinking; the mouth sucks. This is staged by way of exchanges based in equivalence and reciprocity: All the vignettes – most of them showing repetitive routines – have Vasof's head isolated, miniaturized and displaced; it serves as an object or tool in the hands of a body which has this very object or tool in place of a head. In this way, the woman with the socket-head uses Vasof's head as a socket, Mrs. vacuum-cleaner-head vacuum-cleans with it, and Mrs. ice-cream-head has her strawberry-mango cheek licked by Vasof's head on an ice-cream cone. Smart-phone woman wipes the head repeatedly, teabag woman lifts and lowers it stoically.

When the head's work – eg, logics – becomes embodied and things become cerebral, humor emerges. Vasof makes you think ahead – as well as think back, remembering other heads, brutally displaced and manipulated in size: Méliès, Kienholz, Dada-style montages, horror cinema. Vasof's video, however, merges the tragic with slapstick in displaying life (en)during lockdown. This is intimated by the baffling displacements, and also by layers of meaning in the title: Amazon Woman is the door bell-headed delivery worker who pushes a Vasof-headed bell button in the first shot. She is an online shopper who lives all by herself with her lifestyle and kitchen tools. Ultimately, revolver-head shows us the Amazon as body-modified warrior with a headband. Mysteriously, it all ends with a door-sign showing a couple and the well-known logo of a super-glue: yet another all-purpose tool. (Drehli Robnik)

Orig. Title
Amazon Woman
4 min
Anna Vasof
Orig. Language
No Dialogue
Anna Vasof
Concept & Realization
Anna Vasof
Available Formats
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
Sound Format
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
Festivals (Selection)
Stockholm REX – Animation Film Festival
Kassel - Dokumentarfilm- & Videofest
Ljubljana - Animateka. Int Animation Festival
Best Austrian Animation Film Festival
Ankara - Festival of European Film / Festival on Wheels
Genève - Animatou Festival Int. du film d´animation
Bochum - DOXS RUHR
Kyiv – Linoleum Festival of Int Animation and Media Art
Zagreb – Animafest, Festival on Animated Films
Hamburg - Internationales Kurzfilmfestival
Wien - VIS Vienna Shorts
Birmingham - Flatpack Festival
Seattle - Int. Film Festival
Wien - Tricky Women / Tricky Realities - Int'l Animation Filmfestival
Ann Arbor - Film Festival (George Manupelli Founder’s Spirit Award)
Annecy - Festival Int. du Cinema d'Animation
Vilnius - Tindirindis International Animated Film Festival (Special Mention)
Aix-en-Provence - Festival Tous Courts
Bochum - DOXS RUHR
Marseille - RISC Rencontres Int. Sciences et Film (PRIX JEUNE PUBLIC)
Athen - Independent Film Festival
Berlin- XPOSED International Queer Film Festival