Final Assignment – The Nature Of Contradiction
Life can adapt and evolve through the contradiction of opposing parts, if followed by their resolution. There are limitless forms in which these at odds pairs can take shape. We can see contradictions in many aspects of life, between family members, between our own expectations, between political parties, in moral codes and belief systems. We can see contradictions in philosophies, sciences, religions, ideals, values, and the list goes on. It is with these opposing parts that the nature of life establishes and encourages momentum to each side of these parts. Without conflict between two sides and the ensuing attempt at resolution, life would remain inanimate.
When we become aware of one of these contractions, how ever big or small, it should be our aim to create momentum to find a positive resolution, which can fall in balance within our universe. It may take a rise in consciousness, the shedding of a negative perspective, withdrawing from defeatist reactions from the past but by reaching over the ravine that divides, by shifting away from the ego, by taking a new slant on life, or by simply choosing to say, we can; these contradictions will flow outward and will be dispelled by our ability to transform and resolve.
This short film The Nature Of Contradiction offers several oxymoron’s to consider as discussion points for a critique of our ideas of nature, culture and spatiality. These words and visuals also attempt to foster an awareness of our ecosystems, habitats and environments and the impact we have on them.
The underpinning of this project sets out to contradict the idea of “real” natural spaces and “manmade” natural space. The idea was to take shots of the real forest and the river and then put them side by side with a couple sets I created. The shots move in opposite directions and there is a clear line drawn between the “real” and the “manmade” spaces. The contradictory words rub against each other and touch but then go their separate ways. The final shot ends with the with words “human nature”, the line between the two spaces is then literally blurred ending with the composite of my set (lower) and a shot I took in the “real” forest (upper).