'We Fell in Love' is both deceptive in title and delivery. The viewer believes
'oh, not yet another mindful, meditative boring video of water and reflections without the transcendental soporific music’ but instead is led down a rather blind alley. The narrative in conjunction with the 6 video screens is an exploration of how to tell a story by breaking the given and accepted formula of film, challenging the viewer and creating a new format for story telling.
There are two frames. Each frame containing the 3 television screens have been edited so that each screen shows the same footage but a few seconds later, revealing the change in light/ circumstance within seconds. It has been edited as a narrative in itself with each shot relating to one another. No mean feat!
When I switch the two frames on, they create a different interactive scenario as the two frames will start at a different time from one another.
The footage is on a 20 minute loop and the narration is 9 minutes. What is unusual or 'different' is that each individual viewing is going to be absolutely unique. The viewer will start viewing the videos at a random point when the narration begins and experience the piece like no other viewer. The narrative juxtaposes the visuals, creating a rather unsettling scenario.
I got bored with the given formula of film, tv and video. I don't have a tv and and I don’t watch documentaries as I find them formulaic, dictatorial, patronising and unimaginative in their delivery. It is dumbing down, boring and untaxing. Talking heads and voice overs… When the narrator talks about a river you are given the image of a river. Why not leave it to the imagination of your own river? Our brains are far more sophisticated than that. When you are driving along your mind goes off on walkabout. You are thinking about what video installation you've just experienced which has absolutely nothing to do with you in the car going shopping... That was one of the reasons I locked the camera away.
I needed a new challenge.
exhibited in East India Dock 2017
exhibited in Norwich 2016
I am excited as it has taken quite a while to come to this point. Its all very strange as I have gone full circle, having turned my back on film a few years back and I am now re-embracing it with open arms! I am also working on a new installation, based on piece I wrote a while back, using the 360 format.