Yale DKE Brothers Scream Primally; Art Ensues

It’s no secret that many frat parties are privy to bullish meatheads, jostling and yelling at one other in a desperate attempt to earn masculinity points; it just never occurred to me that you could make artwork out of it. (After all, Yale and art have a rather tenuous relationship.) I guess that’s why I’m not a creative genius, like artist and filmmaker Richard Mosse, who has given us the ingeniously simple “Fraternity.” In the short film, he challenges a group of brothers at Yale’s oldest and meatiest jock fraternity, DKE, to scream at the camera, as loudly and for as long as possible; winner gets bragging rights. The big boys heartily oblige. And why not? As Mosse explains:

The men were happy to participate in the project in exchange for a keg of beer.

The rules:

They compete against each other to shout or scream the loudest and for the longest time. When they cannot scream any longer they must stop, and cannot begin again.

The piece, beautifully shot, starts off hilarious, then enters the sublime, and finally, vaguely disturbs. This shit is primal. The triumphant, longest lasting bro screams as if giving birth, his face turning beet-red, and sweat (tears?) beading down his cheeks. Snuff-film associations abound, as well as a discomfiting sense of visual assault. Most worrying of all? Mosse hits the nail on the head:

DKE (pronounced Deke) stands for Delta Kappa Epsilon, and counts five US presidents in its alumni, including George Bush Jr, George Bush Sr, Gerald Ford and Theodore Roosevelt. Other famous Dekes include three Justices of the US Supreme Court, one Vice President, and countless State Governors, Senators and Speakers.

In short, this is something that every Ivy Leaguer should see, not just for its visceral minimalism and artistic oomph, but also to spur an intense appreciation for every single one of your IQ points.

(N.B.: I definitely called the winner from the get-go. Can you?)

(h/t Pablo Torre)

  • http://peebleslab.com/ Pton

    That shit was funny

  • http://peebleslab.com/ Pton

    That shit was funny

  • http://ssmag.wordpress.com/ Reason

    And these are the people who, because of their fratty charisma and alpha-male social dominance, are going to be at the top, lording it over their intellectual betters.

  • http://ssmag.wordpress.com Reason

    And these are the people who, because of their fratty charisma and alpha-male social dominance, are going to be at the top, lording it over their intellectual betters.

  • 1Y2

    oh dke. thank god i rejected you.

  • 1Y2

    oh dke. thank god i rejected you.

  • yale

    good job, reese. to set the record straight on the ‘jock/meathead’ front, the winner is a philosophy major, a yale cheerleader, and one of the smartest guys I know. (and apparently good at screaming.)

  • yale

    good job, reese. to set the record straight on the ‘jock/meathead’ front, the winner is a philosophy major, a yale cheerleader, and one of the smartest guys I know. (and apparently good at screaming.)

  • blah

    *yawn*

  • blah

    *yawn*

  • dkesick

    fuck yeah baby dke sickkkkkk

  • dkesick

    fuck yeah baby dke sickkkkkk

  • 1Y2likespeen

    reese was a wrestler

  • 1Y2likespeen

    reese was a wrestler

  • 1Y2lovespeen

    not a chance you would’ve made it through hell week 1Y2

  • 1Y2lovespeen

    not a chance you would’ve made it through hell week 1Y2

  • eli

    Also… i think the winner is bisexual… so much for DKE stereotypes.

    You might be surprised to know how many DKE boys furtively (or not so furtively) hook up with men…

  • eli

    Also… i think the winner is bisexual… so much for DKE stereotypes.

    You might be surprised to know how many DKE boys furtively (or not so furtively) hook up with men…

  • P-2011

    Delta Kappa Epsilon, and counts five US presidents in its alumni, including George Bush Jr, George Bush Sr, Gerald Ford and Theodore Roosevelt.

    Apparently DKE cant count. I count 4.

  • P-2011

    Delta Kappa Epsilon, and counts five US presidents in its alumni, including George Bush Jr, George Bush Sr, Gerald Ford and Theodore Roosevelt.

    Apparently DKE cant count. I count 4.

  • oh brother

    5 including Rutherford B Hayes. Do your research…

  • oh brother

    5 including Rutherford B Hayes. Do your research…

  • blah

    Quite an infamous bunch. GWB: unnecessary war of aggression in Iraq. GHWB: famous for saying that atheists shouldn’t be allowed citizenship. Ford: pardoned Nixon. Teddy: unnecessary war of aggression against Spain. RBH: responsible for proliferation of Jim Crow laws.

  • blah

    Quite an infamous bunch. GWB: unnecessary war of aggression in Iraq. GHWB: famous for saying that atheists shouldn’t be allowed citizenship. Ford: pardoned Nixon. Teddy: unnecessary war of aggression against Spain. RBH: responsible for proliferation of Jim Crow laws.

  • y11

    Blah: Posted sniveling, self-righteous comments about famous politicians on an anonymous college tabloid-blog, ate tofu, felt good about self.

  • y11

    Blah: Posted sniveling, self-righteous comments about famous politicians on an anonymous college tabloid-blog, ate tofu, felt good about self.

  • http://tsarchitect.nsflanagan.net/ цarьchitect

    Wait, when did Teddy Roosevelt wage a war against Spain? I wasn’t aware the Spanish-American war was still going on in 1901.

  • http://tsarchitect.nsflanagan.net/ цarьchitect

    Wait, when did Teddy Roosevelt wage a war against Spain? I wasn’t aware the Spanish-American war was still going on in 1901.

  • ’11 as well

    ^^hey hey hey… don’t be hatin’ on vegetarians. Why should you judge me based on what i choose not to eat? That’s kind of an absurd criterion for judging someone…

  • ’11 as well

    ^^hey hey hey… don’t be hatin’ on vegetarians. Why should you judge me based on what i choose not to eat? That’s kind of an absurd criterion for judging someone…

  • http://skoolboy.com/ skoolboy

    this was hilarious. the guy who lasted the longest looked like he was about to pop. I think he would be a great distraction to players shooting free throws.

  • http://skoolboy.com skoolboy

    this was hilarious. the guy who lasted the longest looked like he was about to pop. I think he would be a great distraction to players shooting free throws.

  • sfj
  • sfj
  • 1y3

    p-2011…

    learn what the word “including” means.

  • 1y3

    p-2011…

    learn what the word “including” means.

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