Schil // 2020 // Single-channel video // 12 min
Premiered on AT5 (Amsterdam TV) January 2020
Prodded, caressed, and carried, the intimate screen must keep looking as it must keep being seen. Always awake, it dreams. SCHIL is an unplaceable segment of one such disturbing dream. It’s a glimpse into the collective unconscious of our virtual selves, shuffled in and out of shells, accumulating like residue, crushed into artifacts, and subjected to manipulating digits.
Schil in Dutch, means to peel, and is also the root word for verschil, or difference.
How do we mediate the boundaries of our selves?
Layering imagery made in-phone, screen-captured, and remapped in 2D and 3D digital animation software, SCHIL is a multi-dimensional collage that complicates our understanding of images as surfaces and as indices of particular bodies, places, and times. Stuttering and unstable, what seems like malfunction becomes its own new logic. A sequence unfolds like a fragment of a run-on sentence, proposing a new metaphysics in its wake. SCHIL mobilizes the anxious, oversaturated, and superficial affect of too much screen time into a poetic hallucination that is as emotionally potent as it is discursive. It is a structural work of new media that proliferates and undoes itself through disorienting psychedelia and transparent self-reflexivity.