Body Form Test by Stephen Surlin & Michael Ngo
The project was an attempt to engage with the often apathetic Windsor community. Especially their aversion to the “homeless” and the ability to ignore a problem that is often so obvious, while remaining hidden, elusive or difficult to engage with. We received several mixed and intense responses to the work.
We were heavily influenced by the interventionist street artist, Mark Jenkins, and his public sculpture work. The subjects/characters represented in his works often possess a grotesque and ambiguous quality, often dealing with distinct social tensions or taboos.
It was our intention to interact with the public and receive an illicit response, possibly triggered by strong emotion. We received threats of violence and words of encouragement.
Filmed in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Creation: Stephen Surlin & Michael Ngo, Film: Stephen Surlin, Photography: Michael Ngo, Music: Aphex Twin – Father