Tom Sherman

2001, 07:37 minutes, colour, English



Sherman and Loibner team up on a vidsonic blues track, a stark, moving picture of long-distance relationships in the millennial era. The scene is a global video chat-line, where the personal politics of the gaze are played out ad infinitum. Anonymity and falsehoods are underwritten by explicit self-image. This is the place where to see and be seen is everything. Today's webcam culture makes Sartre's "Being and Nothingness" read like a documentary. The strange thing is there's real emotional tone in the distanced, distorted, muted contact. Loibner's mix of music and Sherman's voice drives home the very real loneliness of the halting video streams. There's an empty feeling in HALF/LIVES; its the incompleteness at the core of so many totally wired digital realities.
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