I’ll have a picnic in my bathroom
I’m tempted to believe it’s fake, and mindblown when I consider that it’s real. That’s where I’m left after watching Keith Loutit’s “Bathtub IV,” one of a growing collection of his time-elapsed videos.
Set to Megan Washington’s breezy pop tune, ”Clementine,” and shot at super high speed, the drama of “Bathtub IV” proceeds at an absurd and surreal clip. The scale of the filming is such that connecting with the tiny subjects – real live humans, remember – is impossible. From this removed place, one is allowed to reflect on the spectacle of human activity, a simulacrum which Loutit distorts and also magnifies with the question, “If society were an ant-farm, is this how we’d look?”
The plot involving the drowning man and his eventual rescue holds no significance until one projects themself into his position: dwarfed by ocean and sky, a tiny speck in the vision of his only hope, and, in the grand scheme of things, an insignificant blink of infinity’s eye, struggling for the very simple purpose of being seen, and eventually held.
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