Thursday, December 9, 2010

Because We Are Visual

Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes, two recent graduates from The Royal Academy of Fine Artsl in Ghent, Belgium, recently showed their latest film'Because We Are Visual' at the Amsterdam Doc Film Festival. An incredibly poetic and profound film comprised entirely of clips found on YouTube, it shows women show off their pregnant bellies for the web cam, a screaming mother chasing her IM-obsessed daughter away from the computer, and a boy secretly filming himself on the toilet.

‘Because We Are Visual’ introduces the viewer to the contemporary phenomenon of public video diaries. The Internet and its online communities are supposed to connect people and bring them closer together. Yet, surprisingly, it seems that in this virtual world these so-called ‘vloggers’ are confronted more than ever before with their own loneliness. In a poetic universe, shared thoughts, fears, desires and concerns flow together via the webcam. This documentary focuses on the physical experience of isolation with in this virtual space.

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