Virtual Play: The Double Direct Monkey Wrench in Black's Machinery (1984)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This feature-length work from video artist Steve Fagin juxtaposes a brief meeting between Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche with the work and ideals of noted author, philosopher, and psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé, resulting in a rich visual collage of images and narrative thought, in which a number of different concepts follow parallel paths without truly meeting. Virtual Play: The Double Direct Monkey Wrench of Black's Machinery was Fagin's first publicly exhibited work; the phrase "virtual play" refers to a chess strategy which closely approaches checkmate without actually achieving it.