The Trip [version 1]. 1966. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. With Eric Emerson. Digital 16mm film transfer
. 66 min.
[Unknown Eric Reel]. 1966. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. With Susan Bottomly, Angelina “Pepper” Davis, Eric Emerson, Sam, Ingrid Superstar. Digital 16mm film transfer. 33 min.
In The Trip [version 1], Eric Emerson, in his Warhol feature-film debut, delivers an almost nonstop monologue on his philosophies of love, life, and work, all while stripping, painting his nails, and drinking milk. In [Unknown Eric Reel], he sits atop a large egg-shaped light sculpture while surrounded by fellow Superstars Susan Bottomly, Angelina “Pepper” Davis, and Ingrid Superstar. They carry on multiple conversations about whether he is a boy or a girl, whether Susan likes him, and whether he is conceited because he likes himself. Emerson also spends time fussing with Ingrid’s hair, blowing up balloons, and expertly making a silver Mylar dress for an unappreciative Bottomly.