Basically, to cut a long story short, this piece is about the way in which, in any moment of time, we always exist in a multitude of dimensions (physically, socially, mentally, biologically, historically, unconsciously, psychologically, ecologically, educationally, aesthetically, technologically etc etc). The subjective and autonomous decisions we make at any one moment in time are chaotically dependent on the moment where all these things might come together. We are always divided in this particular moment of time, which is always in a sense mediated through an otherness of ourselves. We are never therefore an identifiable, consistent and unified self. (man - sic?).
Been reading a bit of Bruno Latour lately so wanted to do a piece around practicle metaphysics, reality and the plurality of the worlds that a subject inhabits. For Latour, there is no single reality or self-consistent world- an unknowably large multiplicity of realities exist. We, ourselves, bring the real into being.
I thought it would be interesting to combine this with "scientific" ideas around spacetime, black holes and other dimensions- hence the visual style. The title is influenced by Einstein:
"A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
I'll do a proper write up on my blog soon, I promise: petewoodbridge.info/ .
If you're interested this started life as 2 still images brought to life using Cinema 4D and photoshop, composited, graded and messed up in After Effects and edited in FCP