Mechanical Stages

Mechanical Stages

2008
Technical development Theodore Johnson

Mechanical stages function as standalone sculptures as well as sets for Lanina’s short films.

Each stage is supported by a pair of seductively stockinged legs, and the curtains are held aside to expose the inner world that serves as the torso for these figures. The structures are headless, and their torsos are bursting with the characters, props, and paintings that appear in Lanina’s videos. The female arms and legs of the sculptures ooze sexuality and femininity, whereas the characters inside the belly are disturbing and often macabre.

The stages are activated by a distant sensor. The performance lasts 40 seconds.

Technical development Theodore Johnson
Photography Fred Hatt