“Head Room,” is a short animation based on interviews of family members describing remembered rooms. The visual language of the film is more symbolic than realistic, like signposts leading us through unknown territory. When conceiving the film, I thought of how often my family has moved, how often many people move, and how those rooms still exist inside of us. Marcel Proust beautifully writes about this in his book, “The Way by Swann’s.” I took an excerpt and used it at the beginning of the film (in the unedited version).
Along with my personal inspiration I was also moved to question how new mapping techniques are changing the ways in which we perceive and remember our space. At the beginning of the film I included a short “street view” from an old childhood home (to which I have never returned). I then rotoscope my own painting on top of this “objective” panorama. As a cultural fixated on the representation of the physical world, Head Room, brings it back to the personal level to remind us that our spaces are inhabited by people, by us.
The online version has been edited down from the screening version (it is shorter by a minute).
This film premiered at the Haus der Kultur der Welt in Berlin as part of the Tracing Mobility exhibition organized by Trampoline.