A video painting where pixels are dragged across a digital canvas.
An amalgamation of homes, cultures, and experiences from the US to Indonesia, Thailand, and India, depicted with footage and voices recorded over 6 years. The film is edited and presented across three channels, depicting stark divides and the subsequent blending of these fragmentations that have coexisted over my life.
Screened at Moonfruit at the Moody Center (2018).
Videos are masked and juxtaposed together to create a strange sense of place, invoking the reminiscence that is felt upon looking into the past and reflecting on the influences that have shaped you.
The center channel combines footage from four different locations: United States, Indonesia, Thailand, and India. The clips are selected from everyday moments: peering from the car windows of daily commutes and gazing through windows of the homes I lived in — all places that are now left behind. For the left and right channels, I represented the blending of the various fragments through the overlapping of pixels sampled from the center channel video. In these channels, the raw center channel video is abstracted into discretized pixels, spreading out over a blank canvas.
At first, the squares start off small, displaying an image similar to the original file. Over time, the transformation becomes more severe, where frames are more abstracted, blending into images that are vastly different from the source. Overall, this project is representative of the diasporic blending that occurs across various cultures and influences and is a painting of my life: created by the dragging of video pixels across a blank digital canvas.