Date of Submission

Spring 2013

Academic Program

Film and Electronic Arts

Project Advisor 1

Ben Coonley

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Erwin Pérez
May 1, 2013

What’s Your Story?

I’ve always enjoyed combining things together. This is how I ended up studying film at Bard. I had so many interests I did not want to fixate on one. I figured I could do film, since it is a medium through which I can research and communicate ideas, and there is no limit to what I can explore with it.

Throughout my time at Bard, I started to understand the medium of the moving image more as content on its own rather than as a tool through which I could present content, and as such, I entertained the idea of combining it with other media, resulting in the exploration of video games and virtual spaces as my base.

Virtual worlds have a way of hiding and exposing identities that is liminal in nature, similar to the position I occupy concerning my interests, the communities I identify with, and the transient properties of moving and changing locations so many times. In my project, I play with liminality, ambivalence and transition through various layers, presenting each section of the film through a different lens associated with the struggle of each particular player. The position in between being and not being served as the anchor point for my project. The sound explores one reality, while the video displays another, placing the camera in between the real and the virtual space that is the computer screen. The end result is a collage of perspectives, emotions and transitions of themes such as nostalgia, loss, escapism, memories and ambiguity that stem from my thought process and life experiences as a white looking, straight seeming, multinational sounding, sometimes awkward Dominican gamer.

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