movement (4, 5)


Across the world’s cities, millions of commuters get on the subway every day.

The commuter sleeps, listens to music, checks emails and the latest news on his smartphone. From time to time during the journey, for a split of a second, the commuter opens his eyes, just to make sure the world is still there and he hasn’t missed his destination. He looks up from his smartphone, maybe disturbed by the change in light conditions when the subway enters an elevated section above ground, offering a panoramic view of the passing landscape. During this brief random moments, a sequence of views passes in front of his eyes, all of the same landscape, framed by the carriage window, and each from a slightly different angle as the train speeds to its destination.

This work captures moments taking place on both sides of the a train window as a result of a momentary subject-object relationship and re-creates them in a visual form as they might re-appear in the commuter’s dreams: The memory of the movement is there, as is the focal point onto which his gaze has been fixed during the split second afforded to the view. But details remain blurry, the amount of blur and instability proportional to the distance from the point in the landscape the eye was fixed on as it slid across the retina.

Each frame of the video is based on a number of slightly differing viewpoints, now overlapping and interfering with each other. Played back as a sequence, each frame brings out a new array of visual data, which both augments and effaces the prior one. A feeling of an imaginary movement remains:

A movement of the eye that became still and is fixed to the screen now.

A movement of the mind, attempting to make sense of the moving image.

A movement of the landscape passing by the window, eternally.