Chasms of Desire: Temporality, Ontology, and the Diary Film
Chasms of Desire is a project and exegesis examining the space between a filmed diary and a diary lm. Film and photography operate under the rare condition that they commonly resemble life as is – a mimetic quality that seems to render moments of past time tangible. As noted by David E. James, there is a vast temporal distance between the practice of a filmed diary and the product of a finished diary lm. Using autoethnographic methods, and the creation of a short diary lm, Chasms of Desire interrogates my practice to ask how the diary film can express notions of time. Similarly, I look to the ontology of photography and lm to enquire as to how these materials may contain the moment of shooting. Ultimately, Chasms of Desire asks what happens to the time – that many believe to be crystallised within lm and photography – as a filmed diary is transformed into a diary film.