A DEATH IN THE FAMILYSHORT FILM (2018)
Media is a dominant force that can shape minds and perception, and as media becomes more intertwined in our everyday lives, it influences our thinking. What does a future look like when the way we consume media becomes more personal by the minute? ‘A Death in the Family’ is a dystopian trend forecast to show people the dangers of a possible future where hyper- personalisation is the status quo.
As our future becomes more individualised we lose what it means to be human: Connection, not to the internet but towards each other. Around a dinner table, we meet a traditional and perfect family. But only on the surface, they appear to be such. They seem to be reduced to simplified, cliché versions of themselves and live in a constant state of numbness in which distance and artificiality are a given. Simple, warm family life has turned robotic and cold. Abstract and alienating scenes bring forward the immense distance within this family and ask the viewer the question: is this what we want?
Still photography by Jaimy Gail
PRE-GRADUATE WORK ︎
As a campaign for the Willem de Kooning Academy this duo of mini-films is a representation of two specific qualities a student should possess when enrolling in the academy. These two shorts called “Obsessive” and “Innovative” play upon and exaggarate the perfection and innovation every art student strives for.
Watch the full film here.