Spanking the Maid II
HD digital film
Color, sound, 13’
Courtesy of Aike-Dellarco
Spanking the Maid (2012) is the screen adaptation of the second part of the homonymous novel by the American author Robert Coover. The screenplay describes the “circulatory system of power”, and in particular the violence of Media. The color blocks and kitsch set seem to match the character’s hypertrophic presence and his ostentation of ill-driven strength explicated by the superimposed text.
Along with the neurotic element, Chen Zhou’s works present an irreducible duality: the individual’s obsessions versus socially shared clichés.