Drifting Dream \\ Theo Tagholm

I have read several posts on this video and the major consensus is that no one can quite describe what is going on. The effect is produced from blending and morphing from one image to another in a kind of smooth stop-motion style movie. While the technicality of the effect is impressive so too is the resultant film.

As the movie plays notice the way that the background moves slowly, if at all, while the foreground flashes with activity. This schizophrenic split vision ephemeral drunken haze worms its way through London and solidifies the tallest structures in the land as iconic characters of your dream. While the surrounding midrise towers dance, the stone faced high rises smile to you like the Mona Lisa, whose ghostly eyes follow you around the room. The film seems to support the concept of the ‘derive’, coming from the Situationist dogma from the turn of the century. The plot arc follows the urging of your subconscious decision making, pulling and pushing your journey at will.

The sum total of a place is created through the identity we give it. If you close your eyes and think of a city you once lived in, the scene is populated with locations that are linked to encounters and events from your past. The way we cognate the mental version of the city is through loose interpretations of these past events. In the events the architecture will always be present. Through the ‘derive’ we turn off our plans and schedules and let the city call the shot as we explore. This is a type of daytime dream. A drifting dream.

Drift from mustardcuffins on Vimeo.

Sourced from Theo Tagholm


~ by jonathanhenry on February 5, 2010.

2 Responses to “Drifting Dream \\ Theo Tagholm”

  1. This is pretty much a mushroom trip without the 12 hour trip!

  2. Thanks for posting this video, I also really enjoyed your deconstruction of the concepts behind the work. I looked up ‘derive’ on Wikki and it feels like it almost described this video!

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