intimacy


in·ti·ma·cy - /ˈɪntəməsi/ [in-tuh-muh-see]

noun, plural -cies.

1. the state of being intimate.
2. a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group.
3. a close association with or detailed knowledge or deep understanding of a place, subject, period of history, etc.
4. an act or expression serving as a token of familiarity, affection, or the like: to allow the intimacy of using first names.
5. an amorously familiar act; liberty.

still from mike video research #1 – getting dressed after shower – Mike Brown 2012

This page presents a sample of the data that collaborators – Mike Brown and Becka Viau–  have recorded through their research.

All of the information presented here has been approved by Mike Brown and Becka Viau.

Becka has asked Mike 9 sets of questions, which he can answer (or not) via typed transcription, audio or video recording. Mike answers the questions on his own without Becka around. Mike is also collecting video and still photographs, titled Mike Video Research, which are then edited collaboratively with Becka.

Mike Brown Question Set 1 – Transcription, Winter 2012

Mike Question Set 1 – Video, with Audio no Subtitles Winter 2012

Mike Brown – research photo session with Scott Brown #1,01 – becka viau 2012 – medium format colour photograph

“This is the beginning of the practical research into the documentary form and the presentation of subjective experience that is not my own through artistic expression.  I will be collaborating with my brother in law, Mike Brown, who has cerebral palsy. I have known Mike and his family for 12 years and have a close yet not intimate relationship with him. We have a mutual distance between us, I am not a caregiver and we have both agreed that our relationship will remain that way.

Through this collaboration I will be investigating various methods of recording and communicating subjective experience. I will be working closely with my collaborator to record video and audio, transcribed personal interviews and photographs of various aspects of his life.

Mike Brown is limited in his physical existence but has “normal” cognitive functioning. This divide between the internal and the external self will present some interesting challenges for me as a visual artist, collaborator and creative researcher. I am interested in researching methods of collaboration as a practice that combats objectification, and reveals new approaches to communicating subjective experience.” – Becka Viau 2012

Mike Brown – research photo session with Scott Brown #1,02 – becka viau 2012 – medium format colour photograph

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Mike Brown – research photo session with Scott Brown #1,03 – becka viau 2012 – medium format colour photograph

Mike Brown – research photo session #2, 03/04 – becka viau – 2012 – digital photograph

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