Flex is a 2000 video installation by the British video artist Chris Cunningham. It consists of a 15 minute film loop that endlessly depicts a naked man and woman floating in darkness, who by turns embrace and furiously beat one another, culminating in an act of anal sex during which they disappear in a blast of light. The film is set to an electronic soundtrack by Aphex Twin.
It was first displayed to the public in 2000 as part of the Apocalypse: Beauty and Horror in Contemporary Art exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, and subsequently at the Anthony d’Offay Gallery and other art galleries.
It was given an 18 certificate by the BBFC, with no cuts from its original form.
A 3.5 minute excerpt of the 17-minute film was released on the DVD The Work of Director Chris Cunningham. It was also re-edited for the the back-drop screen projection during Madonna’s performance of ‘Frozen’ during her Re-Invention Tour. —wikipedia
In 1989, Cunningham worked at Spitting Image, building animatronic robot arms and sculpting caricatures for the TV series. In 1990 he worked on sculpture and animatronics for the film Alien 3.
After seeing Cunningham’s work on the 1994 film version Judge Dredd, Stanley Kubrick head hunted Cunningham to design and supervise animatronic tests of the central robot child character in his version of the film A.I. Cunningham worked for over a year on the film A.I., before leaving to pursue a career as a director.
Earlier work in film included model making, prosthetic make-up and concept illustrations for Hardware and Dust Devil with director Richard Stanley, as well as Nightbreed. In 1990–1992 he contributed the occasional cover painting and strip for Judge Dredd Megazine, working under the pseudonym Chris Halls, the surname of his stepfather.
Cunningham has had close ties to Warp Records since his first production for Autechre. Videos… read more