An Ode.

An Omen.

This video essay, this lyrical conjugation between text, image, and music, is set to enlarge one’s perception of freedom within a context of limitations. It is an homage to the sublime, to this feeling of grandeur, of communion between what we are and what we can be. It is not a stand on the epistemology of liberty, but rather a call for something still undetermined where one is free within its own imagination.

Nabokov said: “The imagination is a form of memory”. What we understand as reality is the cumulation of all the things we believe in put in correlation. No more, no less. It is why the imagination is a form of memory, functioning also in redefining what we are, can be, and will be. It is a tool of complete liberation, of aspirations and desires, of history and storytelling. It is set within a context of timelessness where causality does not exist, where only possibilities subsist.

Acknowledging our position on this earth, the privileges we were given at birth, we -Elea&Massi- do not claim to have a universal understanding of what freedom means. We do not claim we know. We do not intend for you to march the path we allowed ourselves to follow. And we certainly don’t seek for the truth. We simply wish for hope to be felt as something tangible and malleable, as something personal but also communal.

This visual piece is an attempt at rendering a feeling of self-detachment from one’s reality as to elevate the beholder into a hovering state of weightlessness, where floating rhymes with everlasting.

It is in sort a poetic manifesto retracing the rediscovery of senses, a tribute to the forgotten notion of priorities lost in our societies. Following the metamorphosis of an expanding mind grasping at what’s what and what will be, it is an invitation into the emotional transformation of an individual touching at the wonders of wandering into its own imagination.


Made in collaboration with Elea Jeanne Schmitter
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