“What the fantasy stages is not a scene in which our desire is fulfilled, fully satisfied, but on the contrary, a scene that realizes and stages the desire as such”
—Slavoj Žižek, “Looking Awry”
There is no better allegory for how the Internet has changed our world and interiority than the GIF. At its core, the Graphic Interchange Format is fragmentary (only a dozen or so frames in duration), set in infinite, repetitive motion. The medium is pure mantra (and pure desire), operating within its own closed circuit. “Night Vision” by director-photographer David Mollé is a film that can only exist on the Internet as GIF, as cinema in detritus. It takes its art from the imaginative act — the staging of a film with no beginning and no end — a narrative facilitated by terminal mise en scène. A man wanders the streets. There is no satisfaction, only the beauty of a film that cannot be whole and revels in its fractions. In this sense, the medium is the message.
Photography / Directed by David Mollé @mollephoto
Model / Colin Alexander @New York Models