Glancing back was a research project, exploring the notion of ‘Glancing Back’. The research culminated in three exploration.
A glance is a snippet.
A glance has a focus, yet it is not analytical (though glancing can turn into a studying ‘look’ or ‘stare’).
A glance is a reaction, caused by something external, which has drawn the ‘glancer’s’ attention.
A glance is a sensitivity to one immediate surroundings.
A glance can never stand alone, it is part of a line-of-flight.
A glance is not dwelling in the past, since a glance is only in the doing – though it can work as a springboard to reflect on the events causing the glance, which can thereby cause or trigger a trajectory of thoughts through time, memory and history.
A glance can also be a confirmation (of what one saw) – a double-take, which can then turn into a ‘look’, ‘stare’, ‘study’.
By ‘glancing backwards’ a sense of tracing is put into play, especially by double-take, which is re-tracing what one saw. ‘Glancing backwards’ though, is not, in itself, a tracing, only any attempt to recap it is an act of facing the past and one will thereby lose touch with the future – though the connection between past, future and present is as vibrant as ever.
Question: What is the relationship between:
conscious and unconscious act of looking or staring?
back and forward?
memory? nostalgia? mind-drifting? curiosity?
past, future, present?
When one searches the past through ‘glances backwards’ one will only ever find glimpses… and those glimpses are even in themselves fragmented