The Practice of Seeing the Self (2011)
Soyeon Jung, Korea/USA
The Practice of Seeing the Self is a voyeuristic viewing of the self. In the video, the identification of “the Red Car” stands in for the narrator, who is simultaneously present and absent in two places. Messages recovered from the voice mail of a mobile phone are set against an image of a street scene, surveilled remotely through the gaze of a home security camera. In the inability of these modern methods of monitoring to definitively locate “the Red Car,” it becomes the absent presence of an abstract, in‐between space constructed by technology and geography.