Of all my projects this summer, this is the by far the least developed in terms of actually “making” something, but I have spent a lot of time thinking about the conceptual idea behind it, as well as preparing for it’s production. While I was in California over the summer visiting family, I came across over a dozen of home movies that hadn’t been touched in probably over a decade. I decided to sit down and look through their content. I was thinking about how precious these tapes are to me, because they prove my history. They have my childhood experiences documented, a concrete personal narrative that I have little to no memory of. In thinking about old home videos, it brings up the question of importance and relevance. These precious tapes are only really important to me. How is it, that these arbitrary and seemingly pointless hours of documentation can me so much to me, and so little to someone else?
I am in the process of digitizing approximately 150 hours of home movies. I am not sure exactly what I am going to make out of it, but I have come across certain elements that I would like to explore. There are several videos of me dancing as child. I was never put into any sort of dance class at a young age, but I have found numerous videos of me performing for my mother. I am interested in looking at this “historical movement”, and replicating on my body over 20 years later. I have begun learning these childhood dances, and adapting them. I eventually will combine the footage of me as a child with either a live performance, or a composited video.