Alex Esin

Lunch Break

In this video project I observe a building site through a long lens as workers break for lunch—a moment during the day that they can devote to themselves. Through the soundtrack, I collage unceasing streams of information that create the disorienting background to our lives.

I was particularly interested in how the mind informs order to the world. Using a camera primarily to amplify perceptual constructs inherent in the ways our vision organizes reality, I bring out structural elements of the workers’ environment.

Brief daytime leisure is caught in the formal composition that emerges from the labor conditions as the soundscape transmits fragmented context. Lunch Break reflects on the disparities between human agency and social structure.