Constanze Ruhm (Vienna, 1965) is an artist and filmmaker whose work looks at the relationship between film and the new media from the viewpoint of the ideas of feminist film theory, representation and identity. The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía presents, for the first time in Spain, her film X Love Scenes (2007), the fifth in the X Characters series, which she began in 2001.
X Love Scenes is an attempt to rewrite the legacy of modernist film in terms of the construction of female identity. Like the earlier works in the series, it is part of an interdisciplinary project that investigates the different types of female identities in the context of contemporary art, focusing on the history of cinematic and theatrical forms in conjunction with the role of new forms of media and entertainment. X Love Scenes consists of five sequences that play with the identity of an actress who adopts different roles during the filming of the movie.
Constanze Ruhm interlinks installation, film/video, texts/publications, curated projects, web pages and productions in public spaces. Her work has been exhibited at the Busan, Berlin and Venice Biennales, among others, and in 2004 she had a solo exhibition at the Bern Kunsthalle.
X Love Scenes, 2007, Betacam Digital, colour, sound, 58’