Footage hidden from my algorithms
The process of finding footage on Youtube has changed. The highly accurate system of logged in accounts, liked pictures and browser history has turned the seek for specific footage on tube sites more difficult. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, search backwards; in years ago or inside channels of backdoors. I searched for terms from my immediate visual memory of things I found unsettling, and put them together to represent – or not represent – a pattern of thoughts I sometimes go through. Krzysztof Penderecki’s musical piece Polymorphia (slowed and pitched down) is a crucial part of the narrative.
The process was different for this second work. After finding and numbering the 23 found videos, I looked through them and screen grabbed the seconds I wanted to use. I printed the thumbnails out and sorted them in order of editing. In contrast to working intuitively like my previous video, a method like this sets a limit to creativity another place in the process which had an uncomfortable character to it. It was a lot easier being critical and the criticality had a stronger sense as well.