Short, experimental, documentary, 7 min, 2016
A visualization of Albert Camus’ The Myth of Sisyphus, through the lens of surveillance cameras around the world.
directed by Luiza Pârvu & Toma Peiu
written by Toma Peiu
adapted from The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
editing & sound design by Luiza Pârvu
narration by Brett Stiller
Video surveillance has penetrated virtually every space inhabited by humans. Tragedies, excitement, catastrophes, moments of bliss and the everyday life of the common man are nowadays documented on an unprecedented scale. Countless hours are recorded daily in an endless narrative of the spectacle of human existence. The content is usually available to private eyes, and the universal meaning obscured by the apparent disconnect between the various individuals, spaces and activities recorded.
Made entirely out of surveillance footage available online, Sisyphus 2.0 is meant to mirror existentialist philosopher Albert Camus’ text, originally published in 1942, in present day’s reality. It is a bookmark we are trying to place, in an attempt to capture the particular mark of a certain moment in the evolution of the post-industrial era, doing our best not to obscure the timeless, tireless and resilient nature of the manifestations of the human spirit.
Produced by Root Films (Romania) & NYU Tisch School of the Arts (USA)