AL TREASURES - 2010
This 18 minute video was created from footage captured on Christmas, 2009 at my family home in Pennington, NJ. I separately asked the members of my family to each select a few small things from around the house. I put these objects in a specially-prepared box with a video camera sticking down through the top and holes cut for hands.
I then asked each member of my family (and myself) to talk about the objects, which they could only see on the video camera's screen. The resulting footage was edited to reflect my interest in consciousness, memory, storytelling, vocal tone, how language is processed, the way value is assigned to physical objects, gesture, nature vs nurture, and family relationships. The resulting video, which bears the traces of the digital video editing process, becomes both a portrait of my family and a self portrait.
The video is installed in a custom designed display system; the viewer must put her hands into glowing blue hand-holes for the video to play. As the video consists mainly of shots of hands, I hope there is a slight blurring in the viewer's body identification schema which enables her to become more highly involved.
As in the project Relay, this video portrays people as being for the most part reflections of one another. It takes a very similar form to Chaliff Objectiff and is also a direct follow-up to Self Archeology, which also took as its subjects detritus from my family history.
> Being that this is a work which explores the love I have for my family, the creative process relied less on the execution of a predetermined algorithmic process as in much of my past work, and more on an emotional, intuitive and poetic sense of subjective judgement. I am currently creating work, such as it's going to take us forever to get home, influenced by this type of practice.