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Chance Meetings 3

Jean-Pierre Sens

(The Netherlands, 1997, 16 mm, 5:00)

‘Chance Meetings 3’ is the last in a series of films Jean-Pierre Sens has made which focus on the idea of ‘looking’. The first two investigated the visual interplay that occurs within the image itself – how the viewer looks at the image and how the image looks back in the third part of this series the camera participates in the development of the action and can even disrupt and alter it. The tension lies in those moments where the observation of an object is transformed into an observation of the subject and where the roles of the observer and the subject threaten to switch roles. ‘Chance Meetings 3’ is a play between camera and subject, between mere observation and actual voyeurism which borders on the edges of tension, fear and insecurity.


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