Watertight

    • Caitlin Robinson, Ziv Schneider
    • United States
    • 2017
    • Installation
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction, DocLab: Uncharted Rituals, DocLab Program

    Over the past 50 years, the number of people in the average household has fallen drastically. For the first time in the history of the Western world, the one-person household has become the dominant mode of living. In Manhattan, New York City’s most densely populated borough, more than half of all homes have a single occupant. For their installation Watertight, artists Ziv Schneider and Caitlin Robinson selected 12 New Yorkers who live alone for different reasons, and documented them and their home interiors with a portable 3D scanner. They then used the Skanect software’s "watertight" function and a 3D printer to create a series of miniature portraits—egg-shaped sculptures the size of a hand. They show the homes as capsules that reflect the identity of their inhabitants, and are also reminiscent of the protective shells of hermit crabs. The series of portraits offers a cross-section of a contemporary demographic phenomenon—a form of present-day archeology.

    Credits

    • color
    • Spoken languages: English
    Director
    Caitlin Robinson, Ziv Schneider
    Production
    Caitlin Robinson, Ziv Schneider

    IDFA history

    2017
    World Premiere
    IDFA DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction
    DocLab: Uncharted Rituals
    DocLab Program

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