A darkly dressed figured walks through the streets of Brooklyn, slowly and progressively destroying a lens attached to a perpetrating camera. Shot in the middle of January, the only tools given to the figure are a small jar and nail. As the video progresses, other objects and methods must be sought to obliterate the lens. How can one radically resist the pervasiveness of imagery? What physical space will technology occupy in the future? These questions were some the early ideas behind how this video was conceived. The title, "Regarding the Pain of Others", is the name of a collection of essays by the writer Susan Sontag, whose texts on photography and social histories have been an important influence on my life.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Jake Davidson was born in Pittsburgh, a small factory city in Western Pennsylvania. He spent much of his childhood in Scandinavia, mainly Sweden, where his father taught environmental engineering. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2008 and is working towards his graduate film degree at Bard College, NY. His films and artworks have been shown in galleries and festivals in New York, London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Oslo, and many other cities. His next project will involve documenting and performing sexual histories. It will be filmed on 16mm in a futuristic museum (Museum of the Moving Image) starting January 2012.