Akira and Nathan Lasker

Akira and Nathan Lasker work as a loose twin collaborative where they explore the affective significance of private acts and society’s prohibitions around the body.

Oedipals explores the emotional collaboration between twins as they attempt to reverse the splitting of birth by becoming one complete, synchronous subject. Bordering on incest as their bodies bond in these intimate actions, Akira and Nathan’s hybrid identity breaks down as each twins’ individual gestures begin to manifest under the influence of their growing fatigue. In appropriating these rituals of hygiene, Oedipals also reflects upon the deeply affective potential of the private performances we make every day. The public performance of these gestures evokes an experience of the abject which reveals the repression of our bodily functions, even in matters of hygiene and decency.

Akira and Nathan Lasker, Oedipals, 2015, single channel video performance, duration 2:42 mins. Courtesy of the artists. With thanks to audio engineer, Ryan Bennetts.