Going through our footage, these clips stood out the most for me. They’re all videos that have been distorted some way in the filming process, or they’re somewhat ambiguous as to what they could be. The one I filmed where I followed the round archway text stands out in particular – I was intentionally trying to capture the text from the archway, but it’s all of the incidental text captured that’s really interesting.
I’ve always been interested in collections of things: old photographs from antique shops, slide films, train tickets, etc. I like collecting bits like that because I think they hold a lot of potential, both as objects in themselves and as materials to create something new with. Recently though I’ve been collecting text – every time I’m out somewhere and I see some writing that intrigues me, I’ve taken a photo. Text isn’t something you can pick up and put in your pocket – it’s a concept. I think collecting things that aren’t really things (like text) can generate a lot of interesting outcomes.
So for instance, the archway clip (above) is full of odd bits of text. I wouldn’t necessarily notice them usually, but the context of them as background information in this video gives them a new significance to me. I don’t know if we’ll use these particular bits or even this clip in our film, but I definitely will work with this more in my own practice. I think the idea of using and exploring text as symbols, or turning them into something asemic is definitely worth exploring however.