video on the construction of the Self.
Western psychology holds that humans are not born with a sense of self,
but rather that the self is constructed over time, gradually emerging
within the first two years of life. Further, much scientific research
says that everything that exists in human awareness – sight, sound, even
time itself – is all a construction of the mind. So what are the
pitfalls of treating these constructs as objective truths? According to
Mahāmudrā Buddhist teaching, explored here by the clinical psychologist
Daniel Brown at Harvard University, the more enamoured we are of our
selves, the more fixed we are in our own ‘realities’, limiting the
possibilities of our awareness. Playing with these reflections on the
self and awareness, the San Francisco-based animator Claudia Biçen uses a
series of ink-and-pencil portraits of Brown to bring him into being and
then let him disappear.