In Paul Verhoeven’s 1992 released thriller Basic Instinct Sharon Stone plays an enigmatic murder suspect and while an interrogation she crosses her legs, exposing her vulva. This scene was discussed controversially and cited numerously, moreover Frei combines it with personal memories from his adolescence: The movie was released on VHS tape after its cinematic distribution and allowed a closer look on the scene, that was visible in cinemas for a split second only. This possibility was widely used in the age of video rental shops and the repetitive playback of this scene had worn down the tape mechanically. So the curiosity of the previous audience had transformed the medium and therefore dissolved its content into ghost images, that furthermore fuelled the myth and his imagination.
Moritz Frei *1978, lives and works in Berlin, Germany.| www.moritzfrei.com