|Cast: ||Tricia Huetig, Jared Varava, Joel Anderson, Nick Goodwin, Joanne Reiland Wakeman, Dana Hardy Bingham, Dustin Morrow, Crystal Miller|
|Crew: ||Kacey Morrow|
For one week, eight people around the country captured videos of their everyday lives at the same designated times regardless of the time difference. Watching these small moments simultaneously next to one another, relationships in time and space can be made, and similarities in the familiar can be found no matter where we are. While making these connections and peeking into these people's lives in an almost voyeuristic manner, the line between public and private becomes blurred as well. Getting older, friends and family start to move away from each other for different reasons and sometimes one wonders what a friend might be doing right at that moment and imagine they are doing something pretty exciting only to discover they are doing exactly the same thing. This video was a type of social experiment to discover the similarities and differences in people's lives based on their locations and time differences. The participants were instructed to record a self-portrait in the morning and at night, in order to bookend the day and so we recognize each person. Then they were given 3 designated times each day to take a ten second video of what they were doing at that moment. Later the videos were edited and organized. The sound was manipulated to draw attention to a particular area of the screen over another. The visual structure of the multiple animated screens enhances the viewer's experience beyond the mundanity of the familiar content and creates relationships between the people and time zones.
Kacey Morrow is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of New Media Design at Western Washington University, teaching in the Art Department with a focus on motion graphics, digital video, web and interactive design. Prior to WWU, she was a full-time lecturer at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, teaching in the Graphic and Interactive Communications Department. She achieved her MFA from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in Graphic Design/Narrative Media and received her BA from the University of Iowa in Graphic Design with a minor in Cinema and Comparative Literature. Attending and speaking at conferences such as, Design Principles and Practices and Massaging Media 2: Graphic Design Education in the Age of Dynamic Media, she stays involved in discussions about the design field and lectures about her work in experimental video. Her videos have appeared in several film festivals and exhibitions nation-wide and have won awards for Best Experimental Film. She has works published in the literary journal Ninth Letter. Ninth Letter was featured in Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, How Design, and Step Inside, and was a competition finalist in SXSW Interactive Web Awards Competition. She also has years of professional experience in Chicago as a motion, print, and multimedia designer.