My practice focuses on moving image and sound, and on their relationship within the context of video. This film emanates from an existing series of “Contrast Videos”, experimental films in which I combine contrasting sonic and visual material in order to create a video that is striking because of its structural sensory contradiction.
I collect moving images and sounds wherever I am, whether it be Brighton, London, Tel Aviv, France, or Brazil. Then, through editing, I break the link between a video and its soundtrack, and I connect videos to sounds recorded at a different time and place. I am interested in phenomenology and in the idea that the reality of the world is one’s experience of it. Creating “Contrast Videos” is a way of putting my experience into form. Aesthetic choices determine the nature of the material (what I choose to record, what I select from my experience), as well as the association of sounds and images.
Because we have an audio-visual integrative experience of the world – our eyes are never separated from our ears –, we associate what we hear with what we see. This ties in with Michel Chion’s concepts of “audiovisual contract”, “added value” and “illusion of unity”, developed in his book “Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen.” When confronted with sounds that do not “match” the associated images, the human mind still perceives them as going together and creates some kind of story or meaning in an attempt to bridge the gap between the two. Therefore, my goal as a filmmaker is to create an uncanny discrepancy between sounds and images, “a perceptual vacuum” as sound designer Walter Murch calls it, which will be filled by the imagination of the audience.
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