I’ve made a series of films exploring the concept and practice of waiting. The first film below (Waiting) addresses a series of questions about waiting: What is waiting? What happens when we wait? What did the Ancient Greeks think about it and what can science tell us about it now? Do we wait too much and what would happen if we stopped?
Using a documentary format, the film aims to create an expectation of truth in the audience and highlights the reliance of the audience on the sincerity and authority of the filmmaker, especially if the argument being propounded is intended to be absurd.
The style of the film was influenced by “Time is” a 1963 BBC documentary about time by the avant-garde film director Don Levy and aims to replicate the feel of late 1970’s BBC documentaries. The philosophical style is based loosely on the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.
Ginger Bread House Presents, April 2014
Cardiff Minifilm Festival, 8th June 2014
Canned Film Festival, September 2014
IFFEST.Document.Art, 15-18th October, 2014, Bucharest, Romania. (winner best Experimental film, ex aequo.)
The four very short films at the bottom of the page were sketches of ideas which influenced the final film.
Waiting… (Number 1)
A single unmediated experience of waiting.
Waiting… (Number 2)
Two mediated experiences of waiting.
A film made whilst waiting.
A cast of hundreds. Waiting.
Interesting that your examples of where we wait are also sources of time… train stations with their timetables, cyberspace with it upload countdown clock. I wonder if spaces, whether physical space of a train station of the virtual cyberspace space we access to upload and download videos, is as much a source of time as our bodies are.
Hmmm. What if the body is also the source of space, as for Merleau-ponty?
What if bodies and spaces where co-productive of time? What I wanted to suggest was that an experience of time is very often also an experience of space, and perhaps point to the idea that the bodily experience of things (time, space, whatever) is in part at least a product how how they move in the spaces which we socially and psychologically construct, as for Foucault. I think….
I agree. I do think waiting is parasitic on other activity and activity is spatial: physical or virtual. And time requires space.