1. Short Version for SMIBE Competition

    Elevating Communication is an allegorical film about the modern traveler and his passage through the urban built environment. By using telephone lines as a physical reflection of communication between communicators, a story of the traveling perceiver communicating through place is presented. The antagonist is modern technology which looks to render communication invisible by translating the physical communication into frequency. As communication loses its physical form, one is not able to visualize the communicated and the communicator, causing communication to never become intercepted. The modern journey is thus void of the appropriate participation with place. Modern technology is in this case, vehicular infrastructure which is overlaid over the pre-existing urban fabric, resulting in the traveler and concurring journey to be elevated from the immediate tangible grounds of place. Not able to visualize these intersections of communication, the traveler is left unable to become interrupted, unable to route himself back to the communicator. The result is one’s crisis of place which may be mediated if primitive communication is allowed to elevate, to be made visible for the modern traveler.

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  2. The proposed film looks at the task of synchronization and the role of the instantaneous image in our current modernity. As the character walks through a continuously looped event the film is interwoven through various screens and devices subverting the narrative and questioning the ‘real time’ nature of any of the events. The uses of the screens are suggestive of the ideas of Paul Virilio’s, A Landscape of Events, regarding real time vs. real space "What will we look forward to when we no longer need to look forward in order to arrive? When we ourselves will have become the films, the programs broadcast into the homes of our distant interlocutors, thanks to the teleconference and the videophone?”
    His ideas question the importance of the ephemeralization of real space into the instantaneous transmission of our lives in ‘real time’. Therefore the reduction of our time and real space events are compressed into flickering electronic images of the screen. One is then left to question where the importance is. Is it in the electronic image or the real experience? Is one’s hyper-connectivity becoming more important than the original self? Which copy will we choose to keep in sync?

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  3. Through the vast empty and dead wooded areas surrounding the campus of the University of Michigan, stands a vast complex of gears, pulleys, and various other forms of machinery which exist in order to maintain several large greenhouse structures, aimed at maintaining and spurring natural plant life in the dead cold of the Michigan winter.

    Created by Matthew Bendure, Sean McAninch, and David Merian. Special Thanks to Matthaei Botanical Gardens.

    This was created by the team above for the Society for Moving Images about the Built Environment, "Story about a Place" competition. It was a first place finalist for the Student category in this competition.

    The film also was a winner for best cinematography, in the lower level 300 film section, at the FVSA (UofM Film & Video Student Association) Lightworks Film Festival at the University of Michigan.

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  5. Our video reveals a personal infrastructure through the appropriation of everyday objects in the urban landscape.

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Moving Images about the Built Environment

Sarah Lorenzen

Films submitted to SMIBE (The Society for Moving Images about the Built Environment.)

SMIBE is a volunteer-run educational and professional organization that supports the advancement of moving image arts about the built environment. SMIBE hosts a yearly…


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Films submitted to SMIBE (The Society for Moving Images about the Built Environment.)

SMIBE is a volunteer-run educational and professional organization that supports the advancement of moving image arts about the built environment. SMIBE hosts a yearly short film competition and film series. In 2010 we put out a call for three minute, engaging and entertaining moving image stories entitled “Personal Infrastructures.”

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