Moving City: Tracking Change
Ever since quarantine started, we have not been perceiving time the same way as we did when we were able to regularly go outside. Science says it’s because we are not creating meaningful memories, so we feel like time is going by faster, although others might say that for them, it feels as if time is going slower. In reality there is no right answer, because the way we perceive time is entirely personal.
My project attempts to present some of the elements people use to subconsciously keep track of the passing of time: the changing of seasons, commuting, the movement of the sun, and even mundane activities we do at home. I recently became very aware of when I do this myself, using certain shadows in my house to know how many hours of sunlight I have left, or when I am baking and I can tell how long it’s been by looking at the state of my food. Although my original concept involved showing the changing weather exclusively, being at home for so many days at a time made me realize how smaller events can also illustrate the idea of keeping track of time.
I decided to only use footage of time-lapses both to create a sense of continuity throughout my video, and also because they are a great way to present how change can build up over time, literally showing how time moves by.