Ebb & Flow

(1 min) x 20

Ebb & Flow is an alternative travelogue compiled during my summer in the United Kingdom, 2005. The single-channel video is programmed to randomize both video and audio sequences, replicating the nonlinear nature of the experience and, moreover, the intimate practice of remembering. The project initiated with the idealized imaginings of a tourist–a desire to escape the present and lose oneself in preordained history. The resultant series captured no such heroic sentiments. What I found was an active backdrop, an obsession with extras, and no subject that did not blend seamlessly in both sight and sound into the landscape. July was plagued with an undercurrent of events and a political climate that left the populace voyeurs in their own dreams. What remains is an endless search and the overcast subconscious of the city, with the roads spidering out to all unknown destinations.

The audio consists of the repetitive sounds and indistinct background drone underlying all parts of the city and sea. Contrary to static trinket and souvenirs, the series speaks in nondescript moments, shadows, and rhythms–void of faces and wrought with anonymity. It is marked by its own impermanence.

I replay these memories with the _________ of a _________ with a _________.
I [wish to say I] was never in London.
I feel as though I was never there.