In a two-channel video I investigate a formal and emotional symmetry of two parallel stories. The two video channels share the same base narrative, a journey resulting in a spiritual transformation.
The first narrative creates a structure guiding the second video channel, my re-enactment of the situational frames from the first video. My retelling of the story shares similar plot elements with the first narrative, including the emotional measure of the characters. However, the second narrative earns another layer of meaning as the characters, context, and the place of travel are different. The two knitted together narratives compete and imitate each other.
The first channel involves appropriation, composed excerpts from Jim Jarmusch's film "Dead Man." The extracted situations create a short story about a traveler, who arrives at a small town in the American Old West. In that town, the traveler encounters an American Indian, who becomes his spiritual guide. The traveler undergoes a Native American vision quest, in which he is left to himself in the wilderness for the purpose of finding his spiritual and life direction.
In the second video, I perform a role of a traveler, a nomad, looking for a new place to live together with her companion. Their journey ends in loosing the direction and getting lost. A performed by me persona ends up loosing her companion and finding a character living in a cabin in woods, with whom she engages in a philosophical dispute and who becomes her spiritual guru.
Film was produced in June of 2010.