Is a House a Home?

 Expanded Cinema


Is a house a home? In expanded cinema, I aimed to break down the stereotypes of cinema.

As the term, cinema encompasses a set of particular objects, spaces & technologies but also an industry, culture and specific aesthetic. Studying these qualities, I wanted to highlight the relationship between mother and child, the interaction of humans and cinema screens. Ultimately further analysing the relationship between humans and their homes.

Inspired by two artists. Paul Sharits and Hollis Frampton. The pieces that Intrigued me were both of pauls pieces - Dream displacement and tails. The way he presented his work heavily inspired me. To me, it looks like in these pieces - you begin searching for something. It feels like there are scans through memories. You are trying to locate something within yourself. I felt this a lot. It felt more like forgotten memories.

What was interesting about this piece of work - that we still live in the same house with the same couch/sofa. As well as recording the reaction of my mum - I also recorded my own. So there are three layers to the video. I have my mum watching the original footage and me watching my mum watch the footage.

I conducted interviews, with my mum and five girls where I asked four words and got them to describe what these words meant to them ‘Love memory family house’. Having girls all around the same ages and my mum, who has gone through and experienced more of life - meant something more to me.

Using all the front-facing windows of my house and projected each one of them. To expand cinema, I broke down prenotions of what a home is - a home is a time capsule, loads of memories are made at home; especially with the family, the ones you love and hate. To the outside world, it's just brick and mortar - cause you to cant look further in. But by transforming my house to act as a large scale dollhouse. You can figuratively open up and see in.

Expanding Cinema.

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