– Dispossessed; (2013); B/W and color 16mm; Sound from HDV Vixia camcorder; 76mm and 26mm lens; TRT: 7.46
I graduated with a BA in Cinema from Binghamton University last year, and discovered experimental film three years ago when I stepped into a small film salon club screening. I spent most of my time there organizing experimental film screenings and working with the Bolex and HDV camcorder, understanding and appreciating the merits of both digital and film. Since then, I’ve been interested in a larger picture of how the visual media evokes and provokes the audience. How do images normalize ideology? How do they divide? How do the viewers interpret images differently through their varying literacy levels?
The film is a confrontation of home and its paraphernalia as a private space; through close textures and truncations of a space, the images become contextualized by subtle orchestra of sounds. Using two different lenses (76mm and 26mm) along with black & white and color film, two distinct arcs emerge: a close, visceral experience of personal items that become larger than life, and glimpses of a space that is recognizably home.
This film came about because I wanted to be able to transform
something private of mine into something that can be presented in a public space and medium. In order to do so, I had let go of the notion that these experiences and paraphernalia are mine, and mine alone. I had to remove my trepidation of treating footage of my family and home as footage — taking a step back and “dispossessing” the singular way I thought about this captured private space. Structurally, I tried to focus on the interaction between image and sound, and have them highlight one another in various ways. Sometimes, I think the themes are straightforward, such as evoking indoor and outdoor space, or night and day at the same point in time, but I also tried to let them mirror each other too. Perhaps the jitters from the camera of a close examination is not so different from the rumblings of a vehicle?