The process has been about finding the specific moment when something becomes immersive. To find this, I created several phenomenological studies. Here I use phenomenological to mean: The study of the subjective experience. Study as: a short or small artwork or experiment that limits possible variations to understand which changes create which effects in minute detail.
In these studies, I limited the duration of each video produced to closely examine the effects of the abstracted and contextual forms presented. The purpose was to find which visuals, and later audio, created a space for the viewer to become immersed. This is to say that the viewer becomes a participant and brings their context to the work. The work itself sets up a world or landscape for the participant to inhabit, but the prescriptiveness ends there.
When a piece of media envelopes the viewer. When we stop knowing what we see and start feeling a space. It is like walking into a wall of fog where objects start to disappear and you have to rely on your body to establish where you are. I’ve been exploring multiple media towards the goal of making an experience, not documenting an experience. To make an experience is to create an image or set of images that cause a sensory reaction. To document an experience is to fully communicate the context of an event, but have the viewer feel little.
Within these studies, I’ve been exploring the relationship between abstraction and context. How much context is needed to engage a participant? At the same time, how much context needs to be removed?
These studies culminated into a 7-minute phenomenological film “_ stretch”.