by Robert Chase Heishman
RESPONSE 1: EXPLICIT VERSION
video still, YouTube video of Ginuine's "Pony" (w/ lyrics)
I'm just a bachelor, I'm looking for a partner. Someone who knows how to ride, without even falling off. Gotta be compatible; takes me to my limits. Girl when I break you off, I promise that you won't want to get off. If you're horny, lets do it, ride it, my pony. My saddle's waiting. Come and jump on it. If you're horny lets do it. Ride it: my pony. My saddle's waiting; come and jump on it. Sitting here flosing, peeping your steelo. Just once if I have the chance, the things I would do to you. You and your body, every single portion, send chills up and down your spine, juices flowing down your thigh. If we're gonna get nasty, baby, first we'll show and tell, 'till I reach your pony tail. Oh, Lurk all over and through you baby, until we reach the stream. You'll be on my jockey team.
RESPONSE 2: ACTUAL VERSION
Equally compelling was Anjali Alm-Basu's "Response to Pony", which pays real-life tribute to Collins' choreography. In "Response to Pony" you are presented with a similar fixed point-of-view, yet this time instead of the endless vista of a digital world we have a view of a rather cluttered bedroom, a woman starting a video recording on her computer's camera, who then assumes the same introductory pose as Collins' figure. With Ginuwine's song as soundtrack as well, you soon realize that this real-life figure is attempting to perform the same timeline of movement. As a companion piece, you see the translation from computer figure to real-life figure. With the template before her, the woman stares, determined, to the screen, us. Her movements, equally folded and awkward, appear to be untrained and yet her earnest reconstruction of Collins' solo commands attention. Each of these videos can certainly stand on their own, but when paired they have a sweet kind of flirtation. Alm-Basu’s video speaks to our (semi-newly discovered?) human desire to liberate, expand, and realize the digital world in real space. Even if the gesture is an artist's game of mimicry, or simply a YouTube "response” to the posted "call", the resulting video has value both aesthetically and culturally. With digital contexts and platforms pervasive throughout our daily lives it's only natural that we attempt to understand their contours and movements by replicating them in our bedrooms, and everyday life.