Exercises in Looking
Two years ago, after Trump got elected I started these Exercises as a means to bring a practice closer to me when I felt completely disabled from producing more ambitious work. They evolved into one-hour intentions of vulnerability; a commitment to stay open despite and alongside of-----. Exercises in Looking are built around simple directions: to film myself looking at something and likewise film the thing I’m looking at for an hour and then respond to the experience in writing. By using the failure of cinema’s ability to reveal certain interior emotional states, these exercises exist to bring attention to the delicate and personal relationship to looking that go beyond reductive conversations of the cinematic gaze.
I am writing to say that they are an invitation, an invitation to practice and an invitation now. Make. Make always. Don't stop making.