Ritual and Repetition

Magsamen – Hillerbrand
March 1, 2007, 12:21 am
Filed under: Ritual and Repetition


Coffee & Milk, 2005
2:45 mins
Mary Magsamen & Stephan Hillerbrand – Houston Texas


Coffee & Milk is an experimental video that explores communication and sexuality through the metaphor of everyday items, coffee, milk and children’s music. In Coffee & Milk our lives are transformed into something cinematic and larger than life. Images of Stephan blowing milk into coffee and Mary blowing coffee into milk are given an unexpected point of view because the camera is placed underneath them. The images reference both galactic and microscope images of something biological. This pseudo-scientific images provide the viewer with a window to see a personal and intimate moment frozen in time that eventually leads back to larger universal questions of communication between us as a couple. This communication is interrupted by the incessant call for attention from our daughter, which is represented through the repeated sampling of a song titled Water Dance by Raffi, the quintessential children’s musician.

Coffee & Milk addresses repetition through the physical repetition of altering images and resampled sounds. The images and sounds are constantly switching back and forth, repeating in a non-narrative manner. It addresses ritual through its originating idea of that everyday cup of coffee – the first daily ritual act in many people’s lives.



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i really enjoy magsamen and hillerbrands’ work. i would like to try collaborating with other artists more often.
i like that this video takes something simple and mundane, like coffee, and makes a statement about sexuality. a lot of their work does; especially “Lick.”

Comment by jenna

i was completely enthralled with this video. the movement, uniform colors, and use of materials, left me with a calm and serene feeling.

Comment by amy

when i first saw the photo stills of the video, i responded heavily with the mouth picture i saw, but when i watched the video later i liked the “hair in the milk” imagery best. the hair changed and morphed, it was very surreal and beautiful.

Comment by jackie

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