This video was perhaps one of the most free-forming and psychologically stimulating projects I have done to date. My interests in technology, imaging and the way I interact with these things on a daily basis have a lot to do with the general shaping of this piece. Personally this piece describes my relationship with the camera and how my eye and the lens of my camera are in a constant tango with each other. I am the type of person who cannot leave the house without at least one camera on hand because there is something profoundly beautiful about capturing images of the mundane and having the aesthetics of the camera put a unique spin on it.
For me this piece also has something to say about the state of the world in regards to digital capture and technology. In general we are constantly on our phones taking photos or buried in social networking. This film aims at showing the blurring of lines between the human visual experience and the mechanical or technological experience. Since most of our lives are now viewed from an LCD screen or camera lens our personal experiences are usually not an experience in the moment, but rather something see as footage on our computers. This film clearly shows the “swapping roles” between the human eye and the camera lens through a shot by shot comparisons and sound effects. This is meant to emphasize that our world is slowly starting to be shaped, viewed and experienced based on digital mediums. To put some truth to this think about the last time you went on vacation, or to a birthday party. Did you engage with the people or did you find it hard to put your camera or phone down? Technology has become so accessible both in terms of price, and its simplicity, that everybody and anybody can take photos or video. Instead of enjoying a sunset we would rather take a photo with our phone to remember that moment or to share with all their friends. Now this idea is of course not true for everybody, but for the vast majority of the younger generation this holds serious weight.
The ideas that shape this film are by no means new to people, and my visual motivation and influence can be clearly identified back to the works of Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera (1929) and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). I think it is especially important to keep on revisiting these ideas since we are undoubtedly in an age where it has never been more current.
Overall this piece for me was more then a crafted exercise in editing and sound. I think the combination of bold imagery and a tactile audio track helps execute a broader message of our society and how we tend to engage with it in the current. This project was both rewarding and eye-opening (literally) when you pause to think how blurred the lines between the human visual experience and the technological experience really are.