“I am you and you are me” is a video installation that shows two films simultaneously, one film of a women’s circle and one film of a men’s circle. The participants of the circles go through a process of healing. Circles provide them with a safe space where one can be vulnerable, (re)connect with their selves and others, and first and foremost it is a space where love and warmth is being spread.
While working with embodiment as one of my main topics I became interested in the embodied experience of seeing a film. Seeing a film is always an embodied experience, it not only involves the sense of seeing but it is a complex process of perception which involves the whole body. In the video installation I wanted to emphasize this embodied process of seeing film. The video installation takes the spectator on a the journey of healing in women’s and men’s circles. It is impossible to be fully invested in both films, therefore the spectator has to trust on their visceral experience of the installation what film or separate scenes they want to invest in. So therefore I am curious: what will you perceive?
My name is Janna Vink, I am a beginning visual ethnographer. The visual ethnography master gave me the opportunity to combine my interest for film and ethnographic research.