The Cremaster Cycle, performance artist Matthew Barney’s series of five experimental films, explores the processes of creation. The cycle unfolds not just cinematically, but also through a series of photographs, drawings, sculptures and installations. The fourth film of Barney’s Cremaster series is set on the Isle of Man and combines island folklore with the TT race.>Barney has myth and machine cinematically combined into a visual metaphor of the struggle and ultimate failure of the will against the body. Using a pair of racing sidecars — one yellow and one blue — racing through the TT course to narrate a story of candidacy. A trio of fairies straight out of Isle of Man mythology soon follows the racers. Eventually, sex organs emerge from the riders’ leathers, migrating vertically to symbolize testicular ascension and descension.
In case you are wondering, the name Cremaster refers to the male cremaster muscle and its function of raising and lowering the scrotum in order to regulate the temperature of the testes and promote spermatogenesis. Proof that motorcycle art can be both culturally stimulating and informative.