Constructed as a faux-memorial, Double Time Duets explores the legacy of the early AIDS crisis alongside a contemporary interest in 1980’s and 90’s fashion and aesthetics. Video portraits of a contemporary generation of queer artists—styled to look like their predecessors and digitally manipulated to appear “vintage”—perform an unsettling and campy tension between superficiality and sincerity, mimicry and memorial, and nostalgia and futurity.
On the one hand, the documentary nature of this project challenges younger cohorts to consider the historical impact of the loss of a generation as well as their own relationships to history, AIDS, and community. On the other, by absurdly “reanimating” the dead and foregrounding the appropriation of AIDS-era aesthetics, the project critiques the superficial recycling of a misunderstood past in a consumer-oriented media culture.
Harris Kornstein still from "Marlon & Kelly, San Francisco" (work in progress)