Testing the Waters
06:31, stereo
2008

"Testing the Waters", which specifically details sharks, was my first effort to give birth to ideas to a form for my growing archive of Hollywood animal violence movies. It is as much a nod to my childhood fascination with sharks as it is a piece of humor and an exercise in editing process.

"While some informed people may have decided that sharks are really not so bad, they yet may find reasons for not swimming in the ocean. Traditional island peoples widely regard the shark as a spiritual being whose analogous aspect in the human self is an embryo. That sharks rip open the body of their victims has a double horror of an unborn monster ravaging the self. Sharks are neither intrinsically terrible nor sacred, but they are utterly fascinating and therefore a perfect candidate for encoding extreme feelings and concepts."
- Paul Shepard, The Others

See also: intent re: video work.

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