For this particular project, I am going to explore the concept of space from the perspective of visual memory and the minds ability to create environments. I am fascinated by how our brain is able to construct vivid events and spaces with the help of a catalyst, which triggers the imagination. This catalyst could come through any one of our five senses, but I am choosing to focus on sound, and the spoken word. Our language has the ability to describe events and environments in extreme detail, thus allowing the listener to envisions the spaces for himself. I am interested in the fact that a group of people, listening to the same story, would each visualize the space in their own unique way, completely different from everyone else. These imaginary spaces are forever imprinted in our minds, and will be on par with an actual memory for the person, until the real space is visited or experienced first hand, if possible. My project will consist of a short film, which I am planning on shooting, acting in, and editing myself, combined with audio recordings of different people reading specifically selected texts. The goal will be to create an inner dialogue of conflicting and interweaving stories and experiences, which will challenge the listeners in attempting to create an impossible visual space. The voices, will slowly layer on top of one another, and will begin to create a tense and illogical narrative of the figure in the film. For the texts, I am selecting a few books from my personal library, The Joyous Cosmology by Allan Watts being a main contributor. In it, the author, who is a world-leading investigator of the psychology of religion, experiments with mind-altering substances. I selected this particular book not to focus on hallucinogenic experiences or the drug culture, but rather because of the abundance of extremely detailed visions and internally created spaces, which the author describes first hand.
“Leaves, green with the pale, yellow-fresh green that I remember from the spring times of my childhood in Kentish spinneys, where breaking buds were spotted all over the hazel branches in a floating mist. Within them, trunks, boughs, and twigs moist black behind the sunlit green. Fuchsia bushes, tangled traceries of stalks, intermingled with thousands of magenta ballerinas with purple petticoats. And, behind all, towering into the near-twilight sky, the grove of giant eucalyptus trees with their waving clusters of distinctly individual, bamboo like leaves.”
The Joyous Cosmology –Allan Watts
There was another idea that I had, which I might still explore in regards to the readers. I wanted to ask some of them to write a personal memory of a space, and use that in combination with the text from the books. Any thoughts?