"Dual," a film by Alia Raza, comments on destructive competition with primal, animal-like intimidation as well as cooperative competition for mutual survival in a post-apocalyptic world. Filmed on the San Andreas Fault surrounded by the biological decay of the Salton Sea, artist Annakim Violette plays a character that is the creation of synthetic biology seeking to transinfect and overtake a human played by Alli Cripe. The two battle against and with one another in Odilon's taupe-hued nylon-coated jersey skin suits and stiff hooded shells of translucent nylon-coated spider web organza. The nuclear orange undercoat of a rabbit fur and washed leather jacket grounds the primal human aspect while Odilon's signature ball-bag becomes a weapon. Artist William Lemon III painted the faces of the film's characters to punctuate the cooperation of a new nomadic tribe.
Alia Raza is a filmmaker and artist based in New York and Los Angeles. Raza's work blends cinema and time-based video, dealing with themes that include self-presentation and its related anxieties, and the influence of contemporary culture and consumerism on self-identity. Her work (which has featured performances by Sebastien Andrieu, Devendra Banhart, Christopher Bollen, Jorge Elbrecht, Karen Elson, Patrik Ervell, Sarah Sophie Flicker, Tavi Gevinson, Liz Goldwyn, Kim Gordon, Elizabeth Hart, Damian Kulash, Lykke Li, JenaMalone, Margherita Missoni, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Chloe Sevigny, Becky Stark, Arden Wohl) has been shown in screenings and events at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Greene Naftali, Moeller Snow, Renwick Gallery, Scope Art Fair, Kreilling & Dodd, LA>