A found video remix commenting on the ultimate inscrutability of personal intention. I wanted to make work about the efficacy of (or lack thereof) detecting and projecting emotions, tasks which take on sinister undertones in the context of violence and interrogation.
This video was made during the week that James Mehserle was being sentenced for the Oscar Grant shooting. I am struck by the ambiguity of intention in such a fatal encounter, even when seen and recorded by multiple witnesses.
Instead of the focusing on the original cellphone footage, I used instead audio and video from Paul Ekman's METT (Micro Expression Training Tool), which is an online video-based training program that claims to enable police personnel and investigators to distinguish micro expressions with accuracy and determine whether subjects are lying.
The slow motion exaggeration feels absurd to me and became a way to express my frustration with our collective desire for simple black and white explanations.