IWATC B14b

I, who am the chorus (2013, video still)

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I, who am the chorus is a series of short video works exploring a relationship between memory and location. Filmed in Rome, each video consists of one scene and features a character in a single location. While each video is itself non-narrative, subtle shifts in the character’s tone contribute to the sense of a larger narrative continuum as the series progresses. The series can be seen in any order, and the individual videos stand alone.

In each video, the character responds to two impressions of the location he finds himself in: 1) to the memories, associations, and the imagination evoked for him by the location within the context of his day, and 2) to the actual architectural elements that define the location structurally as it stands.

Shifting between the imagined space and the real location, the character is felt to shift between private and public, inner and outer experiences of it. The difference between real and imagined spaces, between the public and private experience of a location, and sense of loss that comes from the inability to reconcile this disparity are the conflicts at the core of the project.

The inherent motion of time in each video highlights the contrast between its lack of narrative action and the inner experiences of the character as conveyed through his movements. The character’s movements, while reflecting his shifts between imagined and real spaces, also reflect a shifting between his speculations on what will happen, or what has happened, on either side of an ever moving and infinitely narrow present moment.

Here the project addresses the issue of “now,” and its acceleration, from the historical period evoked by Rome’s architecture, when “now” lasted years, to a contemporary sense of “now” which may be minutes, weeks, or months. In each video, the stretching of “now-ness” is seen differently, according to circumstances hinted at by the character’s reactions to his environment. In this way, each video is a portrait as well as a scene.

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