Four Videos from Reflective Nostalgia
“Four Videos from Reflective Nostalgia” is a collection of four selections from the computer generated video installation project entitled “Reflective Nostalgia” after a term described in Svetlana Boym’s book “The Future of Nostalgia.”
“Reflective nostalgia thrives in ‘algia’, the longing itself, and delays the homecoming — wistfully, ironically, desperately.”
The project is comprised of a series of looping, non-narrative videos which attempt to convey the texture and melancholy of memory. The unsentimental recollections are created from the ground up using computer animation software which imparts an uncanny, dreamlike quality to the simulacrum of a remembered world. The resulting videos exist somewhere between painting and film.
“May” was inspired by awakening in rural New Hampshire to the dawn chorus of birds. “Sick Day” attempts to convey the ennui and loneliness of a child stuck indoors on an early summer day. “Boundbrook” was inspired by the timeless stillness of late summer afternoons. “10:38 PM” is based on the experience of watching lights from cars move across the ceiling and the uncertain significance of an arrival.