This video was a project for my Senior Studio class, an advanced course for art majors at Oberlin College. We were asked to spend 12 hours nonstop working on a piece. Beforehand, I prepared many public domain clips of old Soviet footage (namely cartoons but also the comedy "Wake Up Lenochka!" and "At the Warm Sea" ).
My goal was to make a commentary on how our childhoods become surreal as we get older. Since our memory begins to fade, we hardly remember what actually happened to us. There are many references in the video to dreaming and the passing of time. I chose Soviet cartoons because I spent my very early years in Russia, although I hardly remember it because I left when I was four. Although these Soviet cartoons aren't the same as the cartoons I saw as a child, they act as an allusion to the difference between the reality of our past and the much larger amount of distance which we actually feel.
Before the song starts, the lady in the recording is saying "Now my childhood is over. You know, Lermond, I always feel as though my childhood hasn't ended, but is still continuing. Just in a different city, without me."
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