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Transparency of Being

We live in an era of perceptual consumption. We are now facing the loss of our own existence, in the quest of finding it.

Transparency of Being is made up of comparative observations on the immersive nature of everyday life, technological communication and transportation platforms, and a somewhat nostalgic search for spirituality. İnvestigating a dystopic realm created from utopian elements, this experimental documentary takes place in Japan. As it constitutes of a narrative created in the stage of editing, the work explores the functioning of perceptive processes while discovering contradictions and relations between distance and connection, reality and representation, space and crowd, time and timelessness. Also making the artist's perception and discovery process visible, Transparency of Being follows instances in which technology creates our daily perceptive realms while asking; If we are moving away from our existence, is this not also a transition towards metaphysical thinking?

  • Lara Kamhi
    Director
  • Lara Kamhi
    Writer
  • Lara Kamhi
    Producer
  • Lara Kamhi
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 37 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 18, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Turkey
  • Country of Filming:
    Japan
  • Language:
    English, Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Sonar Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    May 18, 2018
    Turkish Premiere
  • Red Bull Art Around
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    August 31, 2019
  • Bilsart Gallery
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    May 29, 2019
Director Biography - Lara Kamhi

Upon studying Theatrical Studies at University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris-III and Film Studies at the American University of Paris before obtaining her Film and Television BA in 2011 at Istanbul Bilgi University, Kamhi has completed her higher education at Slade School of Fine Art in 2013. In 2014, she co-founded an independent art initiative named Prizmaspace in Istanbul where she curated an exhibition series comprising of nine shows focusing on site-specific, immersive and cinematic approaches. Since 2009, Kamhi has exhibited, performed and screened her works in galleries, museums, festivals and public spaces, nationally and internationally - while also working as a music video director and visual, stage & lighting designer for plays, videos, concerts and events.

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Director Statement

‘‘My practice and research draw from an interest to the subjective nature of perception and reality. It mainly evolves from a curiosity towards the manipulative yet transient essence of the visible, from which derives an organic relation to colour, form and light. Questioning the world’s apparent factuality and the reality principle, I investigate forms of harmony and rupture. Capturing and liberating, splitting and building images, materials and spaces onto each other, I use intuition and technology as a way to experiment with ideas deriving from daily visual contemplations and consumptions. My research questions the ‘Split’ between two distinctive worlds in which we inhabit; The exterior in relation to the interior, the exposed in relation to the intimate and the revealed in relation to the hidden. Driven from this duality, my practice leads parallel strands; With a process-based approach to image-making, I intuitively process captured visual information, and with an experience-based approach to it’s exhibition, I aim to create immersive image spaces in which viewers can penetrate, thus become interiorized.’’