EYE SPY / EXP / PORTUGAL / 2003 / 3'50" / COLOR / EN
A pixel as a perfectly square dot.
A body as a perfect place.
A sign as a direction.
A machine as God.
A tv as a meeting point.
She's on auto-pilot...
Creative Direction / Alexandra Mendes
Direction / Alexandra Mendes + Helena Silva
Script / Alexandra Mendes
Actress / Pauline Cailliau
Voice-off / Alexandra Mendes
Music / Boards of Canada [Warp Records]
Design / Alexandra Mendes
EYE SPY is an experimental short film, written and directed by Alexandra Mendes. It's a first experience in video. An home-made / no-budget production. An experimentation with various machines that surround our everyday life: a handy cam, a living room tv, a video home system, a digital photo camera, a mini disc and a personal computer. The result is a layered visual display of information. An attempt to distract you as well as to gain your attention. You'll sit and watch to a break of all notions of time, space and memory. You'll be dared to follow a structure that is already corrupted from the beginning, entering a voyeuristic journey captured by the lenses. You'll be seduced by the voice of your own conscience. You'll start questioning if you are watching or being watched. "And what do you do? ...you sit and watch!"
EYE SPY remastered Sunshine Recorder, a song from Boards os Canada's album Geogaddi (2002). Boards of Canada are a scottish duo based at Warp Records. They create experimental electronic music, blending sounds of real instruments and voices with sounds of home computers, borrowed synths, drums and tape machines, and found sounds from radio and tv.
EYE SPY participated in a wide selection of short film festivals worldwide, through Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, UK, Lithuania, Mexico, Macao & Japan. It has been awarded Best Experimental Video at Fest ~ New Directors, New Films Festival, in 2004. The Portuguese Short Film Agency - Agência has been promoting Eye Spy since 2004 in film festivals and short film markets around the world.