Coffee and Milk by Mary Magsamen & Hillerbrand, Stephan
The horizon line has been turned upside down. With instant Google satellite map searches of anywhere in world to fiber optic surgeries inside of the human body on the Discovery cable channel to virtual worlds of Second Life we no longer know which way is up, where is my depth of field and the limits of my personal frame. Coffee & Milk is an experimental video that transforms the most basic and everyday items into something larger-than-life. This becomes a metaphor for our physical and psychological space, which is incessantly fluxing between turmoil and tranquility. In a sensual t�te-�-t�te two figures continually create and deconstruct our horizon. Images of a man blowing milk into coffee and women blowing coffee into milk are given an unexpected point of view because the camera is placed underneath them. The images reference both galactic and microscopic views of the world. They could be satellite images of hurricane weather patterns or microscopic biological images. The horizon lines blur even more as the figures paint with their mouths and hair. The pseudo-scientific images provide the viewer with a window to a personal moment frozen in time that eventually leads back to larger universal questions about space, the horizon line, and communication. This communication is interrupted by the incessant call for attention from the repeated sampling of a song by Raffi titled, Water Dance.