This is the first episode of VAST; Analysis Paralysis. In the video a painter sits at her easel on the beachfront cliffside, struggling to make the first brushstroke on her canvus. Overthinking every which way she could go about the process, she experiences analysis paralysis. Analysis Paralysis describes a process when overanalyzing or overthinking a situation can cause forward motion or decision-making o become “paralyzed”, meaning that no solution or course of action is decided upon. ( I must admit, the very project is the video’s analogy in it’s entirety. I’ve had the idea for half a year, and I was metaphorically the painter in the beginning processes of the project. )
As we journey through the video with the painter, she begins to dive deep into her thoughts. Abandoning her project completely and expressing her frustration through intricate and expressive choreography. Somewhere along the way, however, she begins to get in tune with her true self. She battles her emotions, dials inward through meditation, and things just start to come together. The other dancers in the video are representative of her thoughts; some very dismal, some very enlightening. And finally, a higher perspective (represented by the drone shots) is achieved, and it all becomes one.
Finally, as the thoughts disappear we are brought back to her easel, and like magic her painting is complete ( Original artwork by Mesar). The viewer is left to decide if she ever really went down to the beach at all. Maybe after she meditates on the beach she rushed back to her easel? Maybe the whole thing was in her head?
Directed by Sheridan M Swayngim (USA)