Joan and Stephen
(Canada, 1996, video, 12:00)
“I’m a voyeur, but I’ve always wanted to be an exhibitionist.” Joan spied on her parents making love through a heating grille in her bedroom floor. Lounging on her bed, she has a love affair with her video camera. She imagines it is her lover and calls it Stephen. Seductively squirming on the bed, she stares defiantly into the lens, telling him her secrets and involving him in her capriciousness. One day she decides he is blind so that she can watch him and remain unobserved herself. The balance of power between Joan and Stephen is in constant flux, much like the relationship between a spectator and his subject. The fact that these do not run in parallel turns this film into an exciting game.