When we stay in any kind of situations for a long time like living in a country or being in a relationship, somehow we get absorbed to them and the result is our repetitive, unconsciousness, habitual act and react which becomes the way of our living.
For avoiding this routine life, it’s good to come out from the curse that we put upon us and observe ourselves from the outside.
It’s like being in a river, you cannot understand and see the float when you’re floating with it and the moment you step out the river that you realize it.
This is the thing that I call it “life in a long shot”.
The concept comes from an experience that I had when I was far from my country and my grandmother passed away.
The whole thing was not as catastrophic as I thought.
I believe that it was just because I was not in the center of that horrible religious funeral ceremony that forces us to moan and cry hard, but being in a distance I held a personal ceremony for my grandmother with a glass of wine and remembering her memories.
Distance has the power that you see things as a whole and become aware of them.
As a person who has left her country recently it’s a best time to explore and expand this idea. These feelings like numbness and being confused are extremely with me and I want to show them in this project until New York becomes as a second home for me with all its routines and habits.
I think the output of this project for this class would be a photo installation with sound and the ideal audience for me are the people who are not aware of the power of distance that can change the way of their living and the ideal place for this project is a public place like on the surface of the lake of central park or all billboard of times square as a multichannel video.
The first step for starting this project is writing down all my feelings about this subject and think of the output and materials more. Make it as an International piece that everyone can identify with it.
I think it’s a subject that I can approach it from different aspects so there is a potential in it to cover a whole semester.
Wong Kar-wai: 2046
Wong Kar-wai in his movie “2046” depicts a man’s struggles to deal with his memories and trying to recapture the past by looking for elements of his lost love in other women but this doesn’t help his suffering until he starts to write a love story happening in a fictional world,”2046”.
Set in the far future, for passengers to reach or leave 2046 they must take a long journey on a vast train network. The main character, is trying to leave 2046 because he lost the love of his life in that world. As the train travels through the extremely cold sections 1224–1225, he becomes intimate with one of the train’s female android assistants and later falls in love with her. He then asks her numerous times to come with him. However, each time the android does not answer. He has heard earlier that excessive operation causes the android’s response time to slow down and decides to wait on the train to see if this is the case. He sits quietly on the train, and counts the seconds that go by, hoping the android will decide to leave with him. However, the android still does not respond. Ultimately, he realizes that it is not a delayed reaction that causes that android not to respond, but that she is in love with someone else and that their relationship is simply not meant to be. With this knowledge, he finally has the strength to leave the train and 2046. Completing the story marks a turning point in his own recovery.
These are some other examples that show how observing the surrounds from different points of view can change the perception of the reality. The “yes/no” piece by Markus Raetz shows how much difference is created by our way and place of looking at something, a single piece creates two complete antonym meanings literally by the very clever choice of using very simple words, yes and no.