I found this comprehensive and beautiful video essay by Richard Misek & Martine Beugnet fascinating. Watching all of these blurred images out of their original context made me experience them in an abstract form. Instead of worrying about narrative justification, or the protagonist's state of mind, I was simply noticing the textures, the shapes, the colors, and the emotional impact each image had over me.
It made me think that the power of blur lies in its ability to make us connect with the image intuitively, rather than intellectually; to embrace a form of chaos instead of trying to force our common sense on it.
With these thoughts on my mind, and also for the sake of the cheesy (yet obligatory!) word play, I turned to Blur's "Theme From Retro." I believe that this is the main difference in my videographic response (which I basically re-cut from the original video essay). I intended for the music, together with the rough and faster edit, to support this line of thought, to, in a way, “attack” the viewers; to encourage them to appreciate the blurred image, but then to replace it with another, before they could have the chance to, inevitably, interpret it.
Ron Shetrit is a musician and an undergraduate student at the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University, studying in the school’s honors track.