Counter-Charge by Alex Hovet
In the 1989 adult-oriented computer series, Leisure Suit Larry wanders the jungle of a colonized village searching for love, which he finds, after a multitude of failed romantic interactions, with Passionate Patti, a perfect and unattainable woman. In an act of cathexis, Larry’s energies concentrate on Patti in a complex of libido, love, and gender expression that leads Larry/Patti on an investigation of duality. Performed by an ASMR reader, bell hooks’ meditations on love attempt to guide them, but are rejected and re-purposed by the game’s instinct. Blocked by his own ego and the constructs of the game in which he wanders, Larry’s desires are continually repressed.
Alex Hovet is a visual artist based in New York City. Her work in video has been included in exhibitions and screenings nationally and internationally, including the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, the Berlin Experimental Film Festival, the Sweet ‘Art Gallery in London, and Nieuwe Vide Gallery in the Netherlands. She holds an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and a BA from Bennington College in Vermont.