Research & Strategy
My MFA graduation work at the Sandberg Instituut was a personal portrait of existential dread. Fearing what labour might be like I created a mixtape to provoke a moment to re-imagine a different future. The future, is a team sport!
50 years of neo-liberal policy and free market thinking have left us with us with a lot. A lot of good and also a lot of bad. One of which is the ability to imagine a different future then the one which is already shown to us through movies or even more radical, a future that looks fundamentally different from the one in movies. As many have said "there is no alternative" or "it's easier to imagine the end of the world then the end of capitalism". Mark Fisher wrote in one of his final blog posts that the "future has been cancelled". This idea of imagining new futures is closely tied to imagining a world where we can survive, we can thrive and challenges us to truly imagine what things like equality would really look like.
Starting of from a perspective of a passive employee the project aims to break free from expectancies and tries to challenge the user into (as corny as it sounds) be in the "here and now". Because it is in this here and now where actual change happens. Being aware the of the present moment allows us to not be pre-occupied with some vague idea of what should be and helps us break free from constraints put on us by "the way the system just works"
The film uses sports and specifically basketball as a way to visualise the idea of an active present. In this sense it's some kind of utopian vision. Basketball sounds are re-sampled, remixed and played underneath abstract flashing visuals that contrast one another in a very intense manner. The sound carries the visuals and the visuals are always reactionary towards the sound.
The project was my graduation work and I produced everything myself from the video shooting, sound recording, editing of both audio and visual and any animation part of it. I designed the installation of multiple exhibition viewings both in night clubs and exhibition spaces.
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