they found the dvd in the sand under her body. i don't know where she is. ⚡️Welcome to the house of illusion. Our images of each other can make prisons. Open a side door into the collective unconscious. Nothing is as it seems, is it.⚡️I built i.thou [ final cut ] over a five year period, wrapping it in December of 2013.⚡️Released online Friday, October 13 2017.
David Finkelstein reviewed this work at FilmThreat; he describes the work thus : ““i.thou” doesn’t exactly tell a story, but it distills the atmosphere of dozens of stories drawn from films, generally stories where a woman is trapped in the (male dominated) institution of a mental hospital, a lab, or a prison, where she struggles equally against her captors and her own, internalized sense of being “sick” or “wrong.” "
Consider the stories nested into the entire work – each female character re-presented [ Beatrix/The Bride, Nikita, Dorothy (audio only), Ripley, Kieslowski’s Julie from Blue & more ] were created by male directors who proceeded to “put them through it”, for our entertainment.
Midway through, the work re-presents a ‘dead girl’ in a shot extended from her original 45 seconds of screen time. Remember, the dead girl is not a character, but the memory of her become the character. Media makes memory for us these days. This work fits somewhere in both the preceding statements.
Rose McGowan and many other women were sacrificed on the altar of this form, filmed entertainment. That is a part of this, too. ⚡️
agency // archetypes // authority & doubt // caged bird // certainty // cult of the dead girl // data-altered video // deconstruction // doctrine // durga // epistemology // film // hallucination // pathoshadenfreude // social identity // the [ tomb ] empty [ womb ] // voyeur culture // witness //
viewing notes :
- there are two 'pauses' in the film where the screen goes completely black.
- the opening of the third movement includes complete silence
- all melting, artefacting, 'failed video' looks are intentional
Since the work was created using destabilized video files, each compression authored to DVD or other media will vary. No two audiences in different locations will view the exact same film. Slippage in technology points to the underlying illusion of "the one true view". The gaze of many fall on the one thing, and find many.
experimental digital video.
visuals : avidemux, ffmpegx, quicktime 7 pro, final cut pro 6-X. audio : apple logic 9.
all production : jessica fenlon