I recently had the good fortune of running into an artist who is participating in the New Museum's Triennial, which opens soon. This artist who resides in Dakar, Senegal had made a beautiful documentary about a transcontinental African voyage. She had one problem, though, she needed last minute post-production work done to complete her film. Luckily she ran into the member of Yellow Arrow whom loves post-production the most! I was able to help her finish her film and I think what we came out with in the end is very powerful and even a bit irreverent. As we were waiting for the final rendering and exports of the film, I cajoled her into helping me out with a mini-doc that I have been working on:
Some may know that there is a parasite found in the feces of cats which can cause rodents to go into heat in the proximity of cats. I have recently been obsessed by something I read which suggests the same thing can happen in human beings, and that one's personality can be altered as a result of infection. This obviously raises many interesting questions about free will, especially in light of how skilled the parasites are at attacking the pleasure centers of our brains and rewiring them. If you feel that humans are slaves to their attractions, then let's go one step further and suggest that we may be serving the needs of very tiny occupiers of our bodies--as if we weren't already. The thing that really shocked me, though, was that some of the traits that people had begun to develop upon infection were not too distant from those found in people that are said to be psychopaths via a 'psychopath test'. This is just a sort of trailer of a larger project that I would like to devote to these ideas. Enjoy!