All The World's A Stage - Ways of Seeing 2013
Donna Verheijden, 2013, 18'25''

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Je prends mes désirs pour la réalité, car je crois en la réalité de mes désirs.
I take my wishes for reality, for I believe my wishes to be real.

“All the World’s a Stage” visually explores the meaning of the image in a world of constant retinal input. It questions and propagates the creation of today’s apparent or staged realities within mass media and politics.

It reveals mythical truths and unveils true illusions by deconstructing and reconstructing realities that we often take as given.

Close your eyes and you’ll see.

The short film shows how everything around us -from movies to ads, from literature to politics- is immersed in staged reality, everything being designed and presented to seduce.

It draws parallels and comparis
ns between John Berger’s Ways of Seeing and the visual overload of today’s mass media, showing how actual and accurate the 1972 documentary series still is.

All The World’s a Stage­­­­­ – Ways of Seeing 2013 is a tribute to and narrated by John Berger.

Voice by John Berger Ways of Seeing (1972)
Edited by Donna Verheijden (2013)

  • Date: 2013
  • Length: 18'25''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: appropriation, (experimental) film (artwork genre)
  • Keywords: found-footage, modern life, mass media, culture, consumption, western culture, film (subject)