Fuses, 1964 – 1967

film, 16mm, transferred to digital video (color), 29:37 min.
Original film burned with fire and acid, painted, and collaged

Schneemann’s self-shot erotic film. “The notorious masterpiece … a silent celebration in color of heterosexual lovemaking. The film unifies erotic energies within a domestic environment through cutting, superimposition and layering of abstract impressions scratched into the celluloid itself…. Fuses succeeds perhaps more than any other film in objectifying the sexual streamings of the body’s mind.” —The Guardian, London

Laughing couple in filmstrip.
Two film strips side by side of a couple. On the left, they are leaning in as if they are about to kiss. On the right, the man is touching the woman's chin as she gazes up at him.