Aimless in nowhere

OPN Studio


The Aimless series is materialized through the editing of multiple film fragments, both classic and contemporary productions. This composition generates a dialogue with the viewer, provoking reflections leaded by sequences, which sometimes belong to popular and familiar imaginary.

The fragments become decontextualized when manipulated together with other characters and narrations. This composition enable the viewer a sense of ownership, navigating through their stories, creating atmospheres, stirring feelings and sensations that directly enrich the own critical vision. This exchange invites to carry out an exercise of "awakening" around inner struggles, transforming the images into experiences. By means of reflection, as if Aimless were a mirror, we become spectators of ourselves.

A character walks through different and extensive landscapes, always alone. A character, who is not always the same actor but performs the same action, is made up of sequences from different films from 1956 to 2000. He walks through deserts, tundras or snow without showing a specific objective, a melancholic metaphor about the loss of reasons to live. By appropriating material from various significant films, a melting pot of experiences about loneliness is reconstructed.

"Some may think you're lost, but you're not as weak as they think you are. (Ray Loriga, Heroes)

In Aimless in nowhere, OPN Studio use footage from different films to compose a reflection on the isolation of the wanderer against an empty background. More than developing a specific plot, OPN Studio look after provoking a relating feeling with the scenes: particularized solitudes coming into contact. The protagonists (drawn from several historical films) are individuals struggling an internal conflict, wondering in desert landscapes without any particular direction. They seem absent, somewhere between taciturn, desperate or obsessed. They do not react to the inclemency of their surroundings, with some resignation. Despite that, they unfailingly continue on their way to nowhere.

The constant jumping between films provokes an incessant exchange of roles and identities, even though all of them (white males) are facing the consequent shuffling melancholy, a loss of identity. As can be seen, there is no before or after, so the reasons why each of them is in that isolated place at that moment are not known. The causes could be multiple, a getaway (for something or someone) or a searching (for something or someone) for instance. This feeling reflects the existence of something behind, a cause belonging to an unknown narrative. Even so, the character appears as a protagonist of the narrative, the hero or anti-hero, crucial in the plot.

OPN Studio appropriates and use the clips by causing the distance between each of the characters that appear and by sharply contrasting the succession of landscapes (between the snow and the warm desert). They avoid any narrative linearity, showing the suture to further particularize the individual. Perceiving each other with heaviness and for no particular reason, each one has his own circumstances that are different from those of the adjacent one, but still they continue to walk in the void between two unknown points.


 

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Aimless in nowhere
  • Direction: OPN Studio
  • Production: OPN Studio. 2014.
  • Duration: 00:05:30
  • Original format: Quicktime
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Creative Commons