#6 Feet Apart (2020)
A film by Austance Caroline, Conrad Clifton and Lea Wülferth
with music by Derek Muro
Run time: 19:31 minutes
Digital video, color and black and white, 1920 x 1080, stereo, shot on Canon M50
Safe communication options during a pandemic: texting; using text-to-speech software; using a can phone while standing 6 feet apart; video art.
Over the course of a year Austance and Lea exchanged hundreds of 6-word text messages. Strung out as run-on sentences they are recontextualized in this video. Stream of consciousness? Nonsense poem? A commentary on technology, communication, distance, and friendship? You decide.
Shot by Conrad on Austance's and his Brooklyn rooftop, the film was developed as part of Phase IV, a socially-distanced art show put on by the artists in Bushwick in December 2020.
Selected stills below: