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UNFULFILLED DESIRE I_idiosyncrasy
21 min, synchronized HD video, 2013
Unfulfilled Desires is a video installation composed of two synchronized high-definition videos titled Unfulfilled Desire I_idiosyncrasy and Unfulfilled Desire II_blindness. The installation captures 'hyper-details' of a tongue performing a pair of tasks: consuming a lollipop with a repetitive licking action, and consuming an unending stream of honey dripping from a sword. Both repetitive tasks represent boundless acts of consumption. By juxtaposing of these two different means of fulfilling desire, it becomes clear that desire will not be fulfilled upon the completion of a task (the case of Unfulfilled Desire I_idiosyncrasy); nor will desire be satiated through infinite supply (in the case of Unfulfilled Desire II_blindness).

In Unfulfilled Desire I_ idiosyncrasy, the saturated blue of the face, the tongue, and the lollipop provides artificial pleasure, implicating the viewer in a voyeuristic act of fantasy. The seemingly disembodied tongue licks a blue lollipop until the candy is completely dissolved. This performance emphasizes the physical process of the transformation of the lollipop; it becomes a warm and sticky syrup when mixed with saliva. The work contrasts the sweet pleasure of desire – with its attendant, constant hope of satisfaction – with the fatigue induced by the repetitive action required by the tongue.