Adam
Scher
 Writing
Response
 Experimental
Video
 Adriana
Farmiga
 
 With
a
desire
to
uncover
moments
of
my
past,
Portraits
of
My
Childhood,
is
as
 much
about
the
methodology
with
which
I
made
it,
as
it
is
about
its
final
form.


 Comprised
of
short
excerpts
from
over
200
hours
of
home
video
footage,
the
piece
 explores
themes
of
remembering
and
forgetting
in
relationship
to
our
technology.
 We
have
developed
a
dependency
to
digital
artifacts
to
assist
us
in
recalling
the
past,
 and
despite
the
mass
amount
of
content
we
acquire,
I
personally
believe
we
rarely
 go
back
to
it.

The
VHS
cassettes
that
I
have
saved
over
the
years
sit
in
a
drawer
and
 are
never
played.
In
making
this
video,
I
was
afforded
the
opportunity
for
reflection
 on
these
artifacts
through
my
process
of
watching
all
the
footage
and
extracting
the
 specific
moments
that
I
wanted
to
highlight.
 Heavily
inspired
by
the
works
of
Jason
Salavon,
the
video
takes
on
a
painterly
 quality
by
overlaying
hundreds
of
transparent
video
layers
on
top
of
one
another.
In
 pieces
like
Late
Night
Triad,
where
Salavon
compiled
64
nights
work
of
late
night
 talk
show
footage
on
top
on
one
another,
he
creates
a
collage
of
vaguely
familiar
 forms
all
compiled
into
one
single
image.
I
was
interested
in
taking
this
idea
and
 exploring
how
to
reveal
and
recess
certain
footage
throughout
the
duration
of
the
 piece.
This
technique
symbolized
how
our
memory
works,
a
loosely
knitted
 assemblage
of
thoughts
and
ideas
that
weave
in
and
out
of
each
other.
Developing
a
 visual
wash
of
imagery
was
essential
to
the
success
of
the
piece.



Another
critical
element
to
this
work
was
the
incorporation
of
Rainbow
Brite
 footage,
edited
to
an
audio
track
of
my
mother
discussing
her
experience
with
 breast
cancer.
The
juxtaposing
content
was
a
response
to
my
naivety
at
such
an
 early
age.
I
was
interested
in
inserting
the
reality
of
my
childhood
with
the
 fantastical
cartoons
that
I
associate
with
that
time
in
my
life.
Similarly
to
the
way
 that
Haruki
Murakami,
perverts
cute
and
animated
characters
into
highly
sexualized
 and
violent
caricatures,
I
was
interested
in
shifting
the
perception
on
this
iconic
 reference
of
my
past,
giving
her
a
voice
and
placing
her
in
a
more
“realistic”
 situation
that
I
can
relate
to.

 
 
 


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