identity

Visual identity

The film is be told through shadow movement (of a live actor) against real and drawn architectural spaces, which accords the control of lighting and choice of shadow projection surfaces much importance. Shooting will be partly on location and partly on set.

We follow the protagonist, a nameless ‘She’, mainly through observation of her shadow. ‘She’ casts her shadow across the architecture of what appears to be her modernist home. Driven by a script derived from grammatically transformed user manuals (with instructions turned into reports), an uncannily enthusiastic voice off-screen relates her daily activities, lending the most mundane of them the thrill of a new experience. The voice relates only her interactions with devices and objects, which seems innocent enough, though suffused with cultural and psychological baggage. For example, there is a strong undercurrent of technological utopianism (reminiscent of the 1959 Nixon-Khrushchev Kitchen Debate). Meanwhile, the visual action reveals another story, also incorporating the devices she uses, but mysterious and darker in tone, involving other agents.

We see her distorted shadow thrown in hard contrast over sparse rectilinear spaces and surfaces. The distorted self of the protagonist stands against the ‘absolutes’ and ‘undisputables’ of hardware, modernity, progress.

The mise-en-scène stylized through stark lighting, high contrast, and austere interiors lift the narrative out of a particular moment in time (just as the voice ranges over texts from the early 20th century up to the present day). Despite the superficial sunshine of her life, the atmosphere is moody, beguiling. We can’t quite trust anything we see, or hear. Aspects of a neo-expressionist visual style are developed into a true tech-noir, where the telos of the surrounding technologies, ostensibly our enablers and helpers, is anything but clear.

Example of the washing machine:
The Cold War’s ‘space race’ was the driving force behind technological developments and spin-offs that led to the boom in electric household appliances

Her machine’s computer brain had not one moving part, giving it the kind of reliability that put man on the moon.
SERVIS SELECTRONIC Mk309

It is telling that it’s always the woman doing the laundry, even in the age of man on the moon. Installation of the machine, and maintenance, is also the domain of men.

Installation hints for the man of the house.
Maintenance and repair of her machine was a job for an expert service man.

BLACKSTONE AUTOMATIC WASHER