Would We Know It If We Couldn’t Feel It

Lived experiences are not as uniquely singular and as impenetrable as we think they are; they are artificial and incomplete. Using the precarious see-saw between indulgence and enquiry, the work tends towards the generic individual as a pre-condition of thought; where time is not understood at the level of this singular lived experience; being and non-being are in tandem with each other. To consider the non-individual would be to accept the generic; to consider thought as non-subjective and irreducible to ourselves, we have to find a useful way of embracing the generic without autonomy or authenticity where patterns of self-affirmation and negation take place simultaneously – generic patterns of experiencing the particular. While this seems an obvious at the outset, and living as per the tenets of i-am-not particular is (near) impossible , it is pattern recognition that allows us to think of ways to avoid offering subjective claims as solutions.

In the video the face acts as the site of subjectivity, and the passport size framing as the site of the generic. Three individuals are seen in conversation with each other, recounting some of their most personal moments.