2011, 14 mins., silent
Impressions, regressions, confessions. A sampling of direct democracy; thinking of times past, and takin' it to the streets. It's a rather subjective, street-level view of the Zuccotti Park encampment and several demonstrations that I participated in. Footage is from OWS NYC Sept - Nov 2011.
The Third Space grew out of my photo/movie blog, Quotidian New York, which I used as a portable studio, recording and archiving photographs and movie clips of my daily whereabouts. In this case they include the Super King laundrymat in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Coney Island on the Fourth of July, the village of Saas-Fee in the Swiss Alps, and en route to Philadelphia from New York, on the Chinatown Bus. Choices of text size and font styles, transitions and timing, were determined by the limitations of iMovie.
The Third Space displays text the books I was reading while making this piece: Non-Places: Introduction to the Architecture of Supermodernity, by Marc Auge; Species of Spaces and Other Pieces, by Georges Perec; Basic Concepts, by Martin Heidegger; and Hatred of Democracy by Jacques Ranciere.
This piece is a purposely low-tech, low resolution video edited with bundled iMovie software, the only equipment I had at the time. Software theorist Lev Manovich is fond of asking us to check our ideas against our software, and make sure that the software isn't making our decisions for us. This video looks into Manovich's queries and reasons that necessity is the mother of creativity.