The Invisible World
20:15, Video, 2012

The present world is packed with stuff. Lifeless objects become imbued with emotional significance, and possessions linked with personal identities, even as these objects bear a cool and distant witness to human struggles. The future portends an intangible new world of virtual experience, how will we relate our materialist tendencies? And what happens to our things after we are gone? 

In this video, materialism, emotional presence and the adaptive nature of human beings are broadly considered through the lens of time. A variety of time-based materials are collected (including home movies, internet videos, Sci-fi seventies films, and a photographed archive of objects) and collaged, revealing the filmmaker’s own hoarding tendencies. YouTube genres are parsed, including “haul” videos (where contributors display the results of a shopping spree) and unboxing videos (where a new purchase is unwrapped), and the results suggest not only how materialist tendencies have found a way to continue in the virtual age but also how the need to own is often paired with the need to relate.

Screenings:
Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, Germany
New York Film Festival, Views from the Avant Garde, New York, NY
Videoex Festival, Zürich, Switzerland (First Prize in International Competition)
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Oberhausen, Germany
Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
Images Festival, Toronto, Ontario
International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark
Crossroads, San Francisco, CA
Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Dallas Video Festival, Dallas, TX
25 FPS Festival, Zagreb, Croatia
DINCA 2013, Vision Quest, Chicago, IL