Flight Paths

Text slides onto the screen. Different fonts and thematically relevant images tell the story. In the chapter entitles “Dark Mass,” the reader is given two bodies of text. To the left is darkness as one is crammed in the landing gear of a plane. The right a suburban shopper. The worlds are created through the font and images. The left is pitch black, the right is open and familiar. The removal of the separation of bodies as the stories coalesce into one is an interesting narrative device. I’d like to know more about the other ‘participants’ mentioned on the front page. I guess both in the creation and content of the work there is a theme of networking, of chance writing a story as disparate elements find their way to each other. This is both Yacub and the worldwide collaborators.

The whole project blurs a line between text and film. The story is told through text, but it is delivered in a way that is focused on timing and temporality. Scenes are given a sense of movement, of having a real world existence by the skittering of text around the image on the page. It is a daring approach to storytelling, but not entirely novel. The fusion of text and image is pretty common, and the methods used within the story are reminiscent of Flash videos. But Kate Pullinger, et al. have a strong grasp of narrative and use the medium they’ve constructed with class and good taste.

-W.Oliver

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~ by wro1 on March 4, 2013.

2 Responses to “Flight Paths”

  1. The structure of your response itself seems quite “flighty” with quick reactions to the overall movement of the piece. There’s an aesthetic quality to your post, and the words move and flow beautifully. I especially enjoyed “of chance writing a story as disparate elements find their way to each other” and “the skittering of text.” There are quite eloquent descriptions of your perceptions. Your focus is less about specific instances and more on the overall feel of the piece. The first paragraph felt a great deal like bullet points, a quick stream-of-consciousness-esque feel to it. It’s your immediate reactions to the text with a strategical focus on the concepts and the aesthetics. And the second paragraph shifts to more complete, conclusive sentences with an emphasis on format and storytelling and methods.

  2. – Sarah

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