"Recoil" by Christian Nicolay and Ya-chu Kang
Recoil is a collaborative video work in which Nicolay and Kang play with the idea of Safety by repetitiously popping balloons held close to their faces. This explores the human body's reflex and reaction of external energy by expanding and blowing up balloons. The tension created in the moments between the balloon and the human body displays the different response from man and woman, western and eastern. The spontaneous explosions create random patterns of colour through strain and pressure causing the inevitable recoil and an invisible boundary of attraction and repulsion.
RECOIL was the Judges Award Winner at the Make it Short Filmaker Contest, NW Film Center, Portland Or.
The film will screen before the Shorts Program at the Portland International Film Festival Feb 9 - 25, 2012