Pockets, Twenty-Twelve (2017)
︎Desktop documentary︎
︎Final project - UCLA course, Electronic Literature︎

A hypermediate exploration of teenage anguish making reference to the unrealized Mayan apocalypse of 2012.

This piece takes thoughts and words directly from my high school diaries to investigate how my failure to engage in hookup culture created a different kind of “Mayan apocalypse,” one more personal and contrived.

The video makes light of the ways in which I compared impending global cataclysm to a melodrama of my own making;
I feared the world would end in 2012 (my junior year),and so would my life, without ever having had my first kiss.

The piece, however, never discredits these anxieties as childish and unjustified. Instead, the viewer is propelled sympathetically into a worldview both intimately specifc and extremely ordinary.

Across a series of tableaus featuring gifs, scrolling marquees, and overlapping text windows, the disjointed storyline proceeds with increasing chaos. After all, believing that you’re innately unkissable can feel like the end of the world, especially when you’re 16.

︎︎︎Watch the full video here