ReCAPTCHA (4 min. 4 sec.) is an experimental documentary that uses abstraction in an attempt to narrate an inscrutable bodily trauma. The text of the video is a message I sent to the Montreal police via an online contact form. To make the voiceover, I read this text aloud while listening to myself on headphones at a small delay. The disorienting delayed audio feedback made it difficult for me to read the message fluently, hindering viewers' ability to grasp the story of my assault and emphasizing the ways in which trauma can't be adequately articulated. Additionally, reCAPTCHA combines appropriated video clips, focusing on the tactility of user-generated media and the suggested violence of videos that involve crushing, hitting, and squeezing material.
reCAPTCHA won Best Experimental Microfilm at the Oregon Experimental Film festival.