Rarefaction follows an immigrant woman waking, profoundly disoriented from a dream weave of languages. It mixes images and sounds from faraway places once called home and nearby places that don’t yet have names.
Rarefaction is the result of a collision between two separate pieces: an abandoned project about turnpike billboards that had lost their meaning to the pure velocity of passers-by, and footage gathered for a project about the empty orchestration of the Tokyo transit system. These came together when I was awoken one night by my wife’s somnambulant japanese - the leap of language out of kilter with the place, a sudden disjunction of a transient here and intangible there. By bringing these pieces together, I wanted to expand on the immigrant experience of disorientation to see what light it would throw on our culture of transience.