silence and understanding
I made a video for my third web event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN0L1_vP85Q
I had a really time figuring out what I wanted to do for this assignment. The prompt frustrated me; I kept thinking, "what do I know about how different cultures understand silence?" Then I realized silence is the understanding, or lack thereof. If you experience silence around a given message, you might not understand the message fully. I began to play around with different forms of silence and how they can make things unclear. I first began thinking about this because of Christine Kim. Her videos are filled with sound, and it was so interesting to watch them and hear them realizing that she couldn't hear any of it. Still, she experienced it, because there are so many different ways to experience things, and she translates sound into something visual. This video is based on that idea, and on my understanding of silence as having many forms. I created different forms of silence around a clip my friends and I made a while ago. I used this particular clip in part out of convenience and in part because it didn't have much "silence" in it to begin with, just me and my friends making lots of noise. And I think our ability to make noise and have that be entertainment for us is indicative of the culture we come from. Even if I hadn't edited this clip, I'm sure it would have been incoherent to many people, because of our language, our actions, our silliness. For those people, and for anyone who is deaf or blind, there would have been some degree of silence. So I tried to create that effect for everyone, no matter your culture or privilage, tried to overlay different silences. The last part is more of a reflection on my current state, and a view of the storm, something all of us are experiencing right now but probably in many different ways. I hear the wind blowing constantly outside the window and the greyness greatly affects the light inside and my mood. How would this be different if I didn't experience all of these senses? If I didn't have a window to look out of?