For the textual and auditory aspects of my project, I took clips of US presidents giving iconic speeches; then I discovered that I liked the idea of splitting the quotes up and weaving them together. The result was my word haiku, which consisted of the phrases, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the change that we seek;” “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country;” and, “There is nothing wrong with America that can’t be cured with what is right with America.” These three quotes together create a theme of activism, the force that drives humanity forward.
The three images I used were presidents, photographs, and nature. While the speakers and photographs complement each other, the natural imagery purposefully seems unrelated; the viewer must actively draw his or her own connections. What I intended to convey is this: Humans may feel especially unique compared to all other animals, but we really are just another flavor of life that experiences the world in its own way; a bird would think of itself as much different from a tree, but the two actually share a great deal in common.
To blend the media together and establish an overall tone, the piece "Cancelling the Apocalypse” by Ramin Djawadi is present throughout the video.