Unsuccessful Wrestling Techniques
4-Channel Experimental Video / Installation
By Megan Pitcher
In Collaboration with Chelsey Shilling and Sid Branca
Unsuccessful Wrestling Techniques drops us into a wonderland of dysfunctional traps disguised as amusing or charming diversions. Two women engage in an endless, fruitless battle against each other even as it becomes evident they are stuck in a distorted version of reality. Physical comedy meets sarcastic narcissist in a battle of futility. The four-channel format re-maps time into a layered vortex of destructive cycles, half-hearted attempts and apathy. It is a visually lush, disarmingly addictive experience that responds to issues of addiction, manipulation and abuse with fresh perspective. It mirrors the experience of those struggling to dismantle ineffective behavioral patterns, while challenging viewers to find their own way through. We come away charmed, confused, annoyed and still cheering for these atypical anti-heroes.
Performance by Sid Branca and Megan Pitcher. Cinemetography & editing by Chelsey Shilling. Movement coaching by DeAllen Young. Phsychological dramaturgy by Kimberly Koljat. Production support by Jane Bagnall, Maggie Puckett, Rob Nostradamus, Morgan Sayers, Amanda Blake Willett, Kelly Skala and Dennis Burke.