Improving, Non-Stop is a science fiction short exploring contemporary magazine-culture beauty standards and the part they play in everyday life. Using myself as a subject, I did a thorough retouching of a studio self-portrait in Photoshop. This retouching process constitutes another video-a real time depiction of retouching. For Improving, Non-Stop this process is edited down to show certain salient moments in real time. The film then breaks into live action and I construct and wear a mask of the retouched self-portrait. Like the inverse of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, my face is transformed into a “perfect” version of myself, but the act of wearing a mask prevents normal activity and interaction. The result is darkly humorous and thoroughly uncomfortable.
05 January 2011