an exercise in surveillance

Single channel video, with rotoscoped media
March 2021

A spontaneous excercise: filmed in one take, and largely composited in a single session.

The case for immediacy in film is complicated by the intervention of the director and the editor, but film is still experienced as immediate during the time of its showing.

— Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin, Remediation: understanding new media

This short was shot on the original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, against a mural artwork. I composited the footage in NukeX, relying on a series of rotoscoped masks to deal with complex motion. At one point, my body slumps against the wall—receeding behind the footage it had previously obfuscated.

The quote on the wall was also composited, and comes from the poem Jabberwocky, by Lewis Caroll.

Liam Macann works though a profusion of new media art disciplines, operating out of Sydney. His works often investigate the philosophy of technology, alongside themes of labour, chance, and social history.