나 너 그 그녀 (I You He She), Fall 2011
-Total Running Time: 12:03
-HD 1080i/24p, color
Inspired by collage as an aesthetic and the process through which stereotypes are constructed in our minds and society, 나 너 그 그녀 (I You He She) aspires to deconstruct gender stereotypes and reveal the diverse connections amongst people on Swarthmore College campus.
Through 나 너 그 그녀 (I You He She), I tried to explore how a series of fragmentations, as an aesthetic strategy, create a unifying flow of narrative or continuity in the film. Fragmentation inherently creates a sense of alienation from even something that we are very familiar with, such as our own bodies. However, by incorporating sensuous images of our bodies, I wanted to bridge the gap between the viewers and the fragmented images to a certain degree since sensuality of bodies will serve as a reservoir of non-alienated experience for the audience.
One of the important reasons that I chose this specific aesthetics was to disclose how stereotypes about gender are made and used in our everyday lives. The process through which we perceive limited information from fragmentations and then construct the whole by filling up the blanks poetically compares itself with the politics of stereotypes.
Also, by layering images and sounds, I tried to experiment with the “haptic” power of cinema: how the audiovisual medium can call up multisensory sensations in the audience is indeed quite intriguing.
Ultimately, through these choices in aesthetics and formal elements, I wanted to challenge viewer’s desire to read the truth from the visual information only. Thus, when the viewers are actually faced with the real “truth” that is not tainted by our mentally accessible stereotypes, I wanted the audience to realize that our bodies are not passive objects “inscribed” with meaning, but sources of meaning themselves.
Soomin Kim: Director/ Writer/ Director of Photography
Fernando Maldonado: Production Manager
Natalia Cote-Munoz: Sound
Charlie Otte: Introduction
Karim Sariahmed: Dancer
Jacob Collard: The Guy with a Long Hair
Jonathan Cohen: Pianist
Lauren Stern: Smoker
Syd Carpenter: Potter
Michelle Ammerman: Athlete
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