Psychoanalysis

    Thursday, May 16, 1996 to Friday, June 21, 1996


    Psychoanalysis is the title of a collaborative, multi-media artwork by photographer Chuck Samuels and musician and composer Bill Parsons. The work, which combines large-scale black and white photography with a computer controlled soundtrack, is based on the two artists’ analysis and reinterpretation of Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho. Samuels and Parsons are interested in examining issues such as voyeurism, the structure of narrative in film, and the treatment of gender in Hitchcock and other mainstream cinema. Large photographic panels accurately reconstruct specific frames from the film’s famous shower scene, but instead of the original actors, a variety of individuals form different backgrounds and genders assume the roles of Norman Bates and Marion Crane. As the viewer approached the photographs, a motion detector activates a set of loudspeakers. The playback resembles the film’s original soundtrack, but it is actually re-scored and incorporates a digitally edited version of Alfred Hitchcock’s own voice.