(A few of the movies I appropriated for the project - all of which feature a formidable structure or building in its conceit.)
For my VISA 110 Appropriation project, I created a short video of tracking shots used to film empty hallways in movies, music videos, and TV shows.
I remember walking through my high school - a concrete and stone building built in the 70s - and reveling in those rare moments when I would walk down a long hallway alone. There was some quiet significance I gleaned from walking an expanse that was usually teeming with my peers.
I didn't give much thought to this predilection of mine until my first year at university, when I happened to read an article about Derridean archive theory for my Arts Studies class. I immersed myself in this field of thought that questioned these structures we inhabit and what they reflect about our person and our greater society.
When faced with this project, I was surprised with how organically this idea came to me. I suddenly became very aware of how structure has always interested me - from the empty hallways I used to walk through as a teenager, to my fascination with my father's architectural sketches as a child. I was excited to dive into this interest at a practical level and find those hallway scenes that I was certain proliferated filmmaking, though in a very inconspicuous way.
The final product was reversed as if to show a person walking backward down a hallway. I felt this choice had the effect of demonstrating the absurdity of our presence within these spaces, how arbitrary the relationship is.