the spectator


Written, Directed, Filmed & Edited by Olivia Norrmén-Smith, June 2020


a triptych, largely nonlinear, performative yet diary-like meditation on my own subjectivity as affected by the presence of screens







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A triptych, largely nonlinear, performative yet diary-like meditation on my own subjectivity as affected by the presence of screens. This work is concerned with an artistic and autoethnographic exploration of ‘aesthetic predation’, self-objectification, living a-step-removed, the imaginary and anticipated digital audience and the constant surveyor and surveyed. What is the impact of the desire to constantly render experience in an image to be shared online? Grounded in frameworks of critical neuroscience and psychological anthropology, and expressed through the filmic image, I have begun to mine personal experience to examine phenomenologically a facet of how my engagement with the digital social world influences my life on and off the screen.






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"A woman is always accompanied, except when quite alone, and perhaps even then, by her own image of herself. While she is walking across a room or weeping at the death of her father, she cannot avoid envisioning herself walking or weeping. From earliest childhood she is taught and persuaded to survey herself continually. She has to survey everything she is and everything she does, because how she appears to others – and particularly how she appears to men – is of crucial importance for what is normally thought of as the success of her life.”  - John Berger, Ways of Seeing, 1972