MFA Video thesis
Part of the installation "something happens"
The plot of the film sprang from a sentiment rather than from a logical sequence. It was
triggered by the act of a disconnection, mental escapism. However, this isn’t about loss of
meaning but about a surrealist act.
This video pokes holes in the demand for order, to disrupt and avoid going with an emotional flow or providing stationary meanings. The moment the teacher sings in the film, something happens and he somehow disappears in that gesture.
Film Plot [Set: Room 207]
The teacher is sitting; reading… sometimes looks up and returns to the
reading. The teacher speaks towards the empty classroom. Frustrated,
lacking encouragement or reply, the teacher slides slowly into his seat. His
expression is that of disappointment. The sitting happens tremendously
slowly and at one point he freezes, smiles (?) and starts singing. The song is
adapted (dashes stand for erased parts of the lyrics) of Purcell’s mourning
aria “Dido’s Lament”:
When ___ laid ___laid ___ may __wrongs create
No trouble, no trouble in thy breast
Remember ___ remember __ but ah! forget ___fate
Remember __ but ah! forget ___ fate
Then smiling (still in the “zone”) the teacher looks up: classroom
quietness. This changes his mood and makes him resume to an alarmed “a
lot to do” mode. Sits back, opens a book. View of the classroom; a drop of
water from the sink.
The teacher pretends nothing happened.
The action was filmed in two different settings. The setting for the filming in both rooms is identical, with the difference thatchairs used for the final installation “invade” space. This inside-outside
correlation between the scenario (video) and the final installation emphasizes the “down and
dirty” aspect of the beholder’s perception at-a-distance and its “outsideness” is doubled.