Studio Julius Thissen

A Conventional Commodity

The film A Conventional Commodity (2018) examines the stereotype of the Western businessman, the self-made man. In Western pop culture, this man is often depicted as a stately and independent macho, an understated authority. In the same pop culture we see few images of men embracing, comforting each other or presenting themselves as vulnerable. Thissen asks the question with this film; Isn’t the so-called autonomous businessman an interchangeable part in a larger capitalist machine? Can male vulnerability and intimacy break this mold?

As seen at Art Rotterdam, Prospects & Concepts, Garage Rotterdam and Qtopia Queer Art Festival.