FAMILIAR

La Difference assignment product. Stipulations were that minimal editing was to be utilized and the use of viewfinders was forbidden. Video with a commentary track by myself.

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The short documentary I made about a couple of my fellow travelers. Topics range from wallets and childhood friends to forgiving and neighbors. In the end though, it all ties into why they create art.

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reflection on ‘le lit’ by henri toulouse-lautrec

you open the door and at once feel like you’re intruding. two quiet figures lie in a bed; you cannot tell yet if they are sleeping or waking, but they have the air of dreaming about them. nestled deep in the blankets, their heads rest on white/yellow/green pillows like halos against dark, tousled hair. the headboard, orange like a rising sun or a fresh egg yolk, rises above the pillows, and the sheets are a soft, murmuring river, twisting and blue across the bed. you begin to leave, and their eyes open slowly; they do not see you as you quietly exit, only hazy morning visions of each other.

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Ekphrasis on Bill Viola’s piece The Sleep of Reason

Watching this makes me wonder how time is experienced when it isn’t being thought about. The time on the clock is constantly visible to the spectators, yet never acknowledged by the characters. It is the only light in the room that is always fixed, every other light and image is being changed back and forth without any indication of what will rapidly be shown next. Before I can tell what I’m seeing, it flicks away and I’m left waiting for the next one. This makes me think that the space is not meant for viewing but for experiencing: a space for thoughts. Is it paradoxical to create videos not meant for viewing? Then nothing is telling you what to experience, or how you should. I wonder what my pupils look like while I’m watching this, I can feel them adjusting every time the images change to the walls and back to the TV. And I have as little control of this as I do on my surroundings. What am I, if I don’t have full control over the movement of my own body?