inarticulate divides

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a study of audiovisual dimensions through abstraction

Cinematography was my first love — it started me on the path to studying design — and, these projects were a chance to properly reengage with audiovisual production, which was a joy in itself.

Inarticulate Divides is based on two cities described in Calvino’s Invisible Cities, Maurilia and Fedora. I took to the existential themes of these chapters — neither city sees itself honestly because they are focused only on Maurilia’s past and Fedora’s unachievable ideas of the future. Reflecting from that, my short is a synthesis between abstraction and storytelling. The causal relationship between my recordings and their origin is broken, twisted, and remade, as distant and indistinct voices lend only their cadence to the scene. The composition is a journey, from discord with Fedora’s passive idealism to being coaxed into conformity with Maurilia’s nostalgia.

The process of developing the short was one of experimental investigations with durational media; exaggerating and refining my findings into the animation. The video mixes stop-motion footage with live-action shots, while its key audio motifs derive from recordings of noise that include cats, crowds, and servos.