Running Time: 05:24
Tug is a three-channel video installation representing the
interplay of tension and harmony within parenthood. Like a modern-day
version of an Ancient Greek relief, a woman and man struggle at tug-of-war
in a life-sized, diptych projection. Their red rope is divided in half
by a tiny space between the projections. An LCD monitor is wall-mounted
at this division, and shows a toddler dancing, singing and imploring
for mama and dada while shuttling between them.
In Tug, the toddler’s movements and emotions correspond
to the rope pulled between the parents: at one minute fun, at the next,
forceful. In the moment that each parent, literally, reaches the end
of their rope, the toddler’s imploring of that parent rises to
an intense pitch. What begins as just a game, teeters in a back and
forth sparring, and finally turns to an all-out struggle to hold onto
one’s rope end.