(THIS IS AN EXCERPT OF THE FILM)
Two dancers: one in Jerusalem, the other in New York, meet in a virtual space. Each dances a solo in a faraway space while imagining dancing in a synchronized duet. The aesthetic of the Selfie frames their communication and which, in turn, creates a new language that goes beyond the self. Selfiesism- Dance Duet explores and challenges the current craze of Selfie —the overused self-portrait of a meticulously chosen pose of a face. Using the Selfie language, the work is shot as a continual video, thus capturing more than the standard single moment. The resulting image, free from conventional aesthetics, portrays a multidimensional self, accompanied by site and body-specific sound and music.
Daphna Mero is a film director, choreographer and a professional dancer. She holds a B. Dance from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, a film diploma from Minshar for Art, Tel-Aviv and MFA in Film/Video from MassArt, Boston. Her work draws inspiration from locations, spaces, and sites. They deal with the human experience via a novel medium, which incorporates visual art and dance. Her short experimental films have been screened in film festivals around the world, and she has won many awards and prizes for her work.
Interview to Daphna Mero, talking about her creative experience. Filmed via long distance computer call: SKYPE.