The Excursion follows the expressions on the faces of teenagers on a school field trip. The camera captures a point of negotiation between a personal visual experience and the behavioural expectations set by a social framework. The emerging questions are: what distinguishes a ‘genuine’ experience from performance, but also how to define between an act of conforming and an act of rebellion? The pervading presence of cameras acts as a two-fold reminder on the one hand of an individual viewpoints ability to frame and define the world, and on the other the way in which such a viewpoint is inextricably linked to the wider structures of representation.
architecture and urban space, behaviour, documentary films, facial expressions, social cohesion, teenagers
Maija Timonen (Author), Maija Timonen (Director)
Maija Timonen is a writer and filmmaker based in London, producing analytic fiction. Her films have been screened in various international contexts and her writing has appeared in Chicago Review, Social Text Online, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, May and Mute. Her debut book of fiction The Measure of Reality was published in 2015 by Book Works, London. She has worked as an acting professor of both artistic research and moving image at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland.