Who does not remember the 1950’s Eskasizer belt machine, one of the first electric machines that promised to firm our bodies? Its advertising presented us with the beautiful mother in the basement, massaging her waist in the hope of toning the undeniable erosion of her aging body.

In ESKASIZER, chameckilerner presents four women, each with a different body shape, age, and background. They move in repetitive, and yet, unpredictable ways, reflecting the constant propulsion of the machine that manipulates their bodies.

The work is a collection of extreme slow motion takes, in which the camera is zoomed in to the point that the women’s identity gradually blurs into abstraction. Their bodies are not acting on their own impulses and desires. Instead, they are passive – with their hips, knees, and legs yielding to the external forces. The belt vibrates each body, morphing it into a landscape of moving flesh, the movement organic despite its source.

A sense of strangeness is present in the movement seen on the videos, which is simultaneously visceral and foreign. Can we expect these bodies to emerge with their own unique luminosity, texture, and weight? Do they maintain any vitality? Is there still sentience in these bodies?

In this installation, four large screens form a room-like space with the audience seated at the center. Unfolding over nearly eighteen minutes, ESKASIZER transforms the body into a singular landscape and a meditative, subversive experience of the flesh.