Pulse

Maria Kozic & the MK-Sound

Pulse (music video) 4 minutes, stereo © 1992

Background

Pulse is a music video for the track from the CD Viral Pulse.

Credits

Script, direction, camera, editing & post-production - Philip Brophy
Costume & props - Maria Kozic
Performer - Maria Kozic
Production assistance - Mark Dundon & Jill Gara

2017

Exhibited in EVERY BRILLIANT EYE, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

1992

Produced for Present Records, Melbourne

Pulse video stills © 1992

Overview

The video for Pulse incorporates Maria & Philip's shared interest in the gory and messy mutative side of sci-fi. Leaning heavily on their dense consumption of sexy android apocalyptic anime of the time, Maria invents herself as mutant-gun-toting spermocidal latex bitch from dimension X. The video pays delirious homage to everything from Space Adventure Cobra to The Terminator, with Maria having a hell of a time dressing up and freaking out.

Technical

Original script

Bitch

Maria Kozic & the MK-Sound

Bitch (music video) 4 minutes, stereo © 1990

Background

Bitch is a music video for the track from the CD The Present Compilation.

Credits

Script, direction & editing - Philip Brophy
Performer - Maria Kozic
Paintings, artwork & billboard - Maria Kozic
Camera - Philip Brophy
Camera & lighting assistance - Ian Haig
Costumes - Abyss
Hair & make-up - Maria Kozic
Thanks - Phillip Institute of Technology

2018

Exhibited in COMPASS, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2012

Exhibited in TABOO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

1992

Exhibited in MK ART, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

1990

Produced for Present Records, Melbourne

Bitch video stills © 1990

Overview

For Maria's track Bitch, she imagined herself as the archetypal figure so scorned and disdained by those who generally view women as forever somehow stepping out of their place. Maria's lyrics condense a lifetime of hearing these taunts, from her family, her school, and the professional art world in which she would ultimately reside. But rather than bemoan things, Maria - like her artwork - is a celebration of fuck-you attitude combined with self-mocking theatricality.

The video clip plays on this stance, with Maria performing not simply as a 'self-empowered woman' (boring) but as an inverted image of that positive figure. As Maria would say: you either get it or you don't.

Technical

The video was shot on U-Matic video in a studio at Phillip Institute of Technology, utilizing basic chromo-key and a few costume changes. The backgrounds are solely close-ups of the costumes she wears in the video. A middle section incorporates Maria's documentation footage of her Maria Kozic is BITCH billboard. The zoom lens is thoroughly over-used, in keeping with the stupid pharma-phallic thrust of so many rave/club music-videos of the time.