Deep Looking
Stansfield / Hooykaas, 2003, 30'00''

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We are surrounded by so much information that our brains cannot take it all in. This turns looking into a subjective activity. Only part of what we see is registered in such a way that it will be stored in our memory. Concentration stimulates reproduction. A visit to a museum is most productive when we look at things consciously and give our full attention to a limited number of works of art. The video 'Deep Looking' aims at the same intensity of looking. The camera focuses on details and certain scenes are repeated over and over again. In this way, the images acquire a meditative quality. The video revolves around a journey that starts on paper. We can see hands leafing though a travel guide of Asia and Tibet. Later on we see photos that were taken during thetrip, and then the video footage that was recorded at the time. Whether it really is Tibet remains unclear. The story that is being told is based on the book 'The Heart of Understanding' by the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hahn. When you are a poet, the viewer is told, you are able to see a cloud float in a sheet of paper. Without a cloud there is no rain, without rain the trees cannot grow, and without trees there cannot be any paper. The sun, too, can be found in this sheet of paper, and when we look even deeper, we can see ourselves in it. Read more...

  • Date: 2003
  • Length: 30'00''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: discourse / essay
  • Keywords: information, memory, perception, travel