If editing is a good metaphor for memory, could we make editing not only a metaphor but an actual functioning process that works like memory? What would happen if I started cutting and pasting my material without any idea of where it would lead me, working only through a process of associations?
There was never an official hierarchy in my images: the process behind the making had the same artistic intention as the actual reenactments. My footage consists of images and sounds that come from the scouting trips, the drawing sessions, conversations with advisers, reenactments, moments of improvisation, casting sessions; in short, from every possible realm, and they were all shot with the same quality standards. I never created an index where I could locate my footage and there was never a pre-defined hierarchy in my shots.
I shot this film like we live life: I went through a series of diverse and completely unpredictable experiences that had no predefined relationship between them. Since there was such a heavy emphasis on experimentation, it was a big leap into the unknown for me, having no idea if the final rendered product would be interesting or “good” at all. In such a way, the filmed material was a documentation of a series of life experiences which I tried to remember through film. So after taking some time off, I thought that I could approach my footage the way memory approaches life.