Seeking Wellness: Suffering Through Four Movements Daniel Schneidkraut

Seeking Wellness: Suffering Through Four Movements Daniel Schneidkraut
On the reverse sleeve of the Seeking Wellness DVD, a disclaimer reads, "Seeking Wellness is a conceptual video cycle intended to be experienced from beginning to end without interruption. If you choose to experience Seeking Wellness in another manner, you will not yield maximum emotional stimulation." Now, I followed said directions, albeit with a cat sleeping on my chest, purring for most of this "video ritual," but I followed them nonetheless. I can't say for sure what emotional stimulation it was supposed to yield, but aside from inappropriate amusement and frequent annoyance and apathy, I didn't feel much of anything. In fact, I might have shut the thing off halfway through if it weren't for the aforementioned kitty on my chest. As suggested by the title, this project is divided into four movements or sections. Part one, "Cup of Friendship, Shine of Scars," is surveillance footage of people breaking into a hospital and killing patients in full body casts. That's it. Part two ("Daddy's Time") features a man, on Christmas morning, telling his two children that his uncle used to shove crayons and magic markers up his ass before raping him. He then gives his daughter crayons as a gift. Part three ("Malignant Love") features a man subjecting himself to carcinogens in an effort to induce cancer. He sticks his head in a microwave, eats paint chips and chain-smokes. The final part features said man having a tumour removed in front of a university lecture about disease as a form of self-mutilation. From what I can tell, this release is intended to depress and disturb, but mostly I laughed, rolled my eyes and reflected on all of the short student films I had to endure as an undergraduate about "issues" like anorexia and coming out of the closet. Fortunately, the student films were made with a little more panache and maturity. I wonder, would the folks that posted the disclaimer on the DVD sleeve would frown on my following up my viewing by watching the episode of Vampire Diaries where Stefan poisons Caroline's blood to knock out Devon? No supplements are included with the DVD, aside from a teaser trailer. (Sepulchral Voice)