Can awful sounds offer a learning experience?
It’s uncommon that video essays emulate the mood of the topic they cover. IT should be more common, but often the format is traditional and unambitious. This is not true of Chloé Galibert-Laîné’s video essay in response to some writing about Georges Franju’s 1960 Eyes Without a Face.
This video is tense, methodical, and uncomfortable, like the sound at the center of its gaze. The video inquires if sounds alone are upsetting to our psyches or if they are inherently linked to images – real or imagined, both conjured in our memory. The experiment becomes an itchy torture fit for those fans of horror and suspense seeking a sensory thrill.
For others, however, the essay works as an thesis on how our senses collect and store images and sounds from films, and how associations with other art works with them.