visual thoughts

Sketchbook 4, page 63

The man is standing still: smooth jacket. His thoughts are orderly.
The man is walking: wrinkled jacket. His thoughts are pinched, getting stuck (he walks and gets anxious).

smooth jacket = orderly thoughts, note, Berlin, 2006

Why this woman is wearing a newspaper on her head, I don’t know. She obviously had a good reason, because she kept on doing it for a long time. I should have filmed it. Pages that waft up and down in the wind.

Krant op hoofd, photo, The Netherlands, 2005

Rome, March 5th 2005

A bus with fogged up windows. All the people sitting by the window are looking out. To be able to see something they've rubbed away a moonshape with their hands. They can look out through the spot they have cleaned. By the form and place of the spot it'spossible to see what they are thinking about.

Condens op ramen, note, Italy, 2005

The loosely held pages tremble and move up and down. Through the motion of the subway but also through the natural trembling of the man’s hand and arm.

Show the resemblance between pages and thoughts: first film the loose pages and then move the camera up to his head. Then keep the camera still and focus on his forehead.

Loose pages, note, Japan, 2008
Opgerolde gedachte, photo, India, 2009
Birds, movieclip, China, 2005
whirlpool, movieclip, India, 2009
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