Boy meets girl

Eugenia Balcells
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Eugenia Balcells has developed her work in different disciplines such as performance, video, film and installation, and her career has likewise evolved between different cities, Barcelona and New York. She has spent long periods of time in the latter, something which has no doubt influenced her interests, their development and treatment.

In its original format, Boy meets girl is a 16mm film made in 1978. In it Balcells presents one of the recurrent subjects of her work, a critique of the stereotypical masculine and feminine models conveyed mainly by the mass media.

The image on the screen is vertically divided in half. The film is structured following the dynamics of a game. Women begin to appear in the left side, whilst men do likewise in the right side of the screen. As if we were playing a slot machine in which two different rolling wheels stop at once, the movement of both sides of the screen stops and a couple appears.

The film has been made with over a thousand images out of newspapers, magazines, advertisement, etc. The use of appropriation in this piece allows Balcells to present the archetypal portrait of contemporary men and women.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Boy meets girl
  • Direction: Eugenia Balcells
  • Production: Eugenia Balcells. 1978.
  • Duration: 00:09:23
  • Original format: 16 mm
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright