The new millennium has ushered in a period of rapid discovery and advancement in the brain sciences, enhancing our understanding of a range of processes. Addiction, depression, anger, emotional intelligence, decision-making, brain-machine interfaces, etc., are all now studied with a more precise understanding of what’s taking place in the brain. This has coincided, somewhat ironically, with the explosive growth of artificial intelligence as well as astonishing changes in our habits of communication through the expansion of the internet and the widespread adoption of smartphones and personal computers.
Science Non-Fiction, a recent series of films, sits at the intersection of science and experimental documentary. In my work in photography and video, I’m most interested in exploring forms of documentary production that tap into raw, unfettered human emotion and behavior. As we better understand how our brains and emotions operate, the vulnerabilities in this rapidly evolving environment increase, and we’re entering the dark place that numerous 20th century writers, theorists and scientists anticipated and feared.
Across the globe, in an interconnected world, we’re being manipulated and ultimately rewired. Our agency is being diminished. At times, our very perception of reality is being altered. Since these changes are so subtle, and so interior, I’ve been wondering exactly how they can be quantified and better understood, and how they can be made visual within the context of cinematic expression. In this ongoing, loosely connected series of films, I’ve been seeking answers, particularly as to what evidence may be hiding in plain sight in the new media world of machine intelligence and human vulnerability that has arrived.