Smile (studies in satisfaction)
An ongoing series of short videos exploring achievement and progress. The series features scenes rich in atmosphere and references, sometimes includes an edible nut in a prominent or stealth role, and embraces unlikely combinations and outcomes. The project uses humor, abstraction, and visual effect to look at the mechanisms and gestures of accomplishment, joy and power, and their opposite. The title is an allusion to evidence and dubious cultural directives. A spinoff series of short loops, Smile Sideways, inherits the intentions of Smile, sans nut, and is designed for optimum viewing obliquely on public surfaces.