A Long-Form Video Project

Based on real telephone conversations, Exchanges is an exploration of our lives as lived through the telephone. Exchanges utilises a collection of fragments of real telephone conversations to explore the intersection of the real, psychological and virtual spaces at play in the conduct of life in the earliest manifestation of virtual space.

Presented as a collection of fragments, we hear a series of thematically linked but otherwise separate telephone conversations, the intimate details of private lives, relationships, and sexual misadventures. These proto-narratives form the basis for an exploration of the potential for the moving image to explore spaces at once physical, virtual, and psychological; attempting to define the space our consciousness occupies as we engage in a virtual space, becoming consciously divided from our physical surroundings. The inherent physical disassociation embodied in distance communication is magnified by the omnipresence of the telecommunication network.

This disassociation can extend to the conduct of the conversation itself; one party seeks to psychologically disengage from the other party or the subject itself; likewise, attempts at intimate connection through a medium based on distance can be seen as perverse. Cinematic grammar is a point of reference for the work. The synthetic shot-countershot structure, conceived to deal with representing space and face-to-face conversation, is co-opted in a deconstructed and derailed form. The human presence is absent, residual, or cut to a fragment.


Exchange #33


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