Richard Prince b. 1949
House Call (2006)
Duration: 12 minutes
‘House Call’ is a re-recording of a twelve minute mis-en-scene culled from the golden age of video porn. It harks back to an era before pornography had entered the mainstream, when pornographic pleasure was still encased in taboo, an era distinctly at odds with that described by in Larry Clark’s film Impaled.
By recording and re-recording the clip, Prince adjusts the sensory bias, further disintegrating the video and its claim to sexual reality. The narrative shares an obsession that first appeared in the nurse paintings, describing as it does an illicit encounter between strangers whose professional intimacy is based on knowledge of bodily function and fluid.