DRAGOS ALEXANDRESCU - Absence of Presence
Virtual: very close to being something without actually being it.
Real: actually existing.
Absence of Presence is both a reflection and a representation of the impact of technology
and the digital self on human relations. As we move our lives online, the Internet promises
a blissful land of abundance. But can a space of constructed identities and permanent
surveillance also be a space of intimacy?
Dragos Alexandrecu’s film Absence of Presence explores and questions the effects of
technological interference on our capacity to be present. In the film a complex and contradictory
space is presented. The frame intermittently shows inserts of fragmented physicality:
tightly-cropped shots of fingers scrolling - or dancing- across the screen, eyes, legs. We
hear sounds of crickets, and softly spoken words. The reverse gestures between the construction
of a virtual self and a physical presence are explored.
What emerges in Alexandrescu’s exploration is the establishment of an architecture of
loneliness, where the seductive construction of online identity acts as a symbolic wall from
where it is difficult to escape. Does the ceaseless stream of intrusions and interruptions in
our daily life necessarily entail inclusion in the social fabric? Or is it instead exclusionary?
Absence of Presence’s anticipatory nature is situated on the border between construction