In response to some rather difficult times lately, I’ve started a new project. It’s going to be a series of video self-portraits. Just me, thinking, silently for four minutes. Different days, different attitudes. The idea is to try to get outside the construct of a dialogue in my head, which of course goes exactly the way I want it to because I am actually both of those actors. Not useful. Counter-productive, I’m finding. So the idea with this video self-portrait project is to create another, separate self that I have to deal with (and get to observe) without have immediate control over. This is just an experiment. I’m not sure if it’s going to work, or what, exactly, I’m gonna find. We’ll see.
What you see posted here is the introduction to and explanation of the project. Just my talking head, really. The actual self-portraits with begin with tomorrow’s entry, and then maybe weekly after that. Because this project is going to be a bit more personal than what I’m used to, I’m going to be posting the actual self-portraits on my personal blog (www.MyselfAsAnother.com).
I’m posting this introduction to the project here on my Rhet/Comp blog for a couple of reasons. Most importantly, because this is the only part of the project where I try to think through the composing process for the project. Why have I structured it in this way? What do I hope to accomplish? Who’s the audience? Questions like these, I think, are relevant to this blog.
The other reason, in all honesty, is to see if I might generate some cross-traffic between my two blogs. In all honesty, though, I’m not so sure about it. I can’t imagine that the same readers who tune in to read about digital composition in Rhet/Comp might also be interested in my personal demons, recollections of North Dakota, or how to make basil-banana-pepper jam. I guess we’ll see. For now, though, here’s the introduction to the project. If you’d like to see the actual portraits, please visit my personal blog linked above.
If you’ve got any reactions, ideas, or know of any related projects, please feel free to post them in the comments section. I’ll respond as quickly as I can. Thanks. T.