I struggled initially when thinking about where I wanted to film this project. Recording my audio, I hadn’t had a theme. I wondered how I might try to create a cohesive project. Listening back to my audio, I realized that the sounds that I had at first just thought seemed interesting did follow a pattern. The environmental noises that I chose all had a tactile element to them. Whether it was the vibration of a skateboard beneath your feet, the buzz of a hot shower on your skin, or the sound of a coughing fit. All of these sounds represent a certain physical experience. The thing that makes them compelling are the gap they can bridge between the senses. They can appeal to the subconscious. Contrasting my ambient noise the passages that I read were about the nature of consciousness. I wanted to explore an extremely common experience. Something most people would not waste much thought on. This is why I start the project with something slightly more static moving into the video to add to the theme of coming out of a time where you might be on autopilot to appreciate your own existence. I wanted to use the video of my dorms generator running to show that taking the time to exist outside of yourself can end up finding something worthwhile.
When it comes to this course space hasn't always been super present in my mind. I think that our default space has always been the university. Like most students in a college town leaving is not very common. Boulder is a microcosm of everything that we as students should need. Art being restricted to academia, however, is never good. We do most of our work in the same conditions. We live in huge communal spaces and I admit I feel uncomfortable recording candid subjects, especially to be part of something they didn't agree to.