Recent collaboration with incredible painter and artist Alivia George, this video revisits the concept of film as a poem, a first person viewing experience, a waking dream.
The phi phenomenon, as it's called in Gestalt psychology, is what allows us to perceive motion pictures through persistence of vision, the same thing that makes us see any optical illusion. Without us trying, without even realizing, our brains substitute what we don't see with something else. The flicker between each frame of a film is imperceptible, but it's there. We see uninterrupted movement, this series of pictures flashing before us becomes a world all our own. Consciousness becomes subconscious, truly we enter a state of mild hypnosis.
Indeed it was even Lucretius the roman poet who discovered persistence of vision, using it to explain the stories and journeys we all experience through the images of our dreams.
Turn off the lights, put this on full screen and allow yourself the experience, the experiment of the next 6 minutes. Remember 'movie' is just short for moving picture, picture comes from 'pingere' Latin for paint or 'pict', 'pik', 'pig' - pigmentum. We're all just monkeys anyways.
And that shit is bananas!