Piece: Zaka | Composer: Jennifer Higdon | Filmed in 2013 Piece: Keymaster | Composer: Caleb Burhans Piece: Variations for Vibes, Pianos, and Strings | Composer: Steve Reich
This is a three movement video piece.
I. introspective The first movement focuses on high contrast, movement, and textures. It's entitled "introspective" because often times while deep in the thought process, we can only see things as black and white. Our minds can create these ultimatums where it can either be one or the other. In those times, our minds can be confusing, scary, misleading, and chaotic. Our minds race so quickly that all we can hold onto are overlapping images and the memory of our emotions.
II. reflection The second movement is a typical "slow movement." "reflection" is about those moments one might have right before going to bed. Images we remember from our day are a part of us, but we cannot change them. They are separate, and the only thing we can do is watch them replay in our minds. In this, I use a window as a screen for these thoughts. Someone is looking out the window, but they cannot touch what they see.
III. optimism The last movement puts on the rose-tinted glasses. I have been questioning what defines reality for us and who lets us interprets what is true or not. I'd like to think it's ourselves. Why shouldn't we be the ones to decide what is great and what isn't? So with these questions, I hope to create something that leaves the feeling of optimism for all types of realities.
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