Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy NY
Con Leche, 2009
Video project, Mac mini, video
Video 14:57 minutes; voice audio 22:41 minutes
Courtesy of the artist and Johann König, Berlin
A piece in which the video image and spoken audio are continuously out of sync, Con Leche presents an ever-shifting landscape of juxtaposition that defies a stable
symbolic reading. Animated Diet Coke bottles filled with milk march barefoot through the post-industrial streets of Detroit. The video image is constantly rotated,
undermining the sense of a stable ground. A commercial voice-over actress narrates fragments of text with unsettling topics, while Wolfson periodically interrupts and
instructs her to change the volume or tonality of her speech.
The film shifts around a central lack, understood by Lacan as the source of anxiety. This is reiterated in the figures of Diet Coke, a consumer product with no caloric
substance. Philosopher Slavoj Žižek has noted that products such as Diet Coke are the result of an age of "decaffeinated belief, a belief that does not hurt
anyone and never requires us to commit ourselves."