Winner, Driector's Choice Award for Best Experimental work,
Sniff is an experimental videotape that uses structural
repetition and video degeneration to create a sense of memory and
loss. It is a meditation on the relationship between promiscuity,
technology, memory, fear of death and AIDS.
In a stark white room, on an unmade bed, a naked man is crawling
in circles. He is trying to remember the men he had sex with on
the bed by searching for traces of their scent left there. This
scene is shown five times, each with a different edit. The footage
degenerates as if losing the memory of each scene in its pixelation.
The haunting soundtrack layers a fragmentary account of the man's
sexual encounters with a dense electronic soundscape of whispering
voices and sampled elements from the popular HI-NRG hit “So
Many Men, So Little Time" by Miquel Brown.