Two Songs

Hanspeter Ammann

China, 2002
6 minutes, Colour, sound
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

“Shot on location in a Macau bar, Two Songs is an artfully simple work that ponders the ambiguities of love and seduction. While Bryan Ferry and Maria Callas vocalise on the soundtrack, two handsome young men offer their faces to the camera, avoiding its scrutiny at first, but finally rewarding it with a long, provocative stare. During this exchange of significant glances, we find ourselves meditating on the age-old questions in human relationships. Do we desire either of these waiting youths? Which one would we choose? And will he desire us? Hanspeter Ammann’s short video creates a powerful emotion of yearning, though for what exactly is left up to each viewer to decide.” – Peter Matthews, Sight and Sound