wysiwyg presents: Glued & Screwed edition 7: Track - Gaze - Record
We are all looking, watching. Others. Watching us, being watched, watching each other, watching ourselves... An ominous gaze; the seductive gaze; your loving gaze. HOLY MOTORS! What is a body while it is “mapped”? Movement > transferred to data > transferred to a possibility of becoming potentially anything. (E)MOTION TRACKING. Take a look in the mirror! CCTV IN OPERATION. For your own personal safety and security. Does it take a pair of eyes and a brain to truly see? Do we feel seen by the ever-growing increase of new surveillance technologies around us? Day and Night are no longer distinguished and neither is your personality. Is it indeed progressive, expansion, or is it, daunting, unnerving? Selfie time! Would you mind taking a picture? Thanks for watching! See you next time! Come again!
The Animal That Therefore I Am (2019) - Valter Tornberg
Drawing from contemporary film productions, the work follows a character in a motion capture suit. The body mapping presents a possibility for the character to become potentially anything, with the movement transferring into any kind of digitally constructed body or being through post-production. Based on a research of actors performing roles of ‘nonhuman’ characters, the work explores how we approach others in the fiction we produce, and subversively questions what happens when we are under the gaze of the Other.
EYEFALL (2019) - Mark Prendergast
A body of poetry about getting distracted in an intensely focussed way, about finding everything in the smallest gesture. These films mesh Structural film strategies with the elastic potential of contemporary digital imaging technologies, pointing to their own construction in order to talk about the way the moving image mediates and functions in contemporary society. The films are also very associative, drawing out connection and narrative from disparate recorded moments.
A Lack of Clarity (2019) - Stefan Kruse Jørgensen
Public light rips through the night of a modern city. Sleeplessness is lit up by a computer monitor in an urban space, where day and night are no longer distinguished. A nocturnal journey through a strongly lit and populated city as a filmmaker reflects upon the increase of new surveillance technologies around him. Starting from videos of thermal cameras found online, a reflection goes through the changes in the contemporary city, the extension of social control mechanisms and the evolution of digital technologies to face the frontiers of a progressive expansion of the field of visible - and controllable - in the surveillance society.