DETROPIA is technically a documentary film but it succeeds in going beyond the genre/category. Typically in storytelling, it’s the plot that carries the story, but in this film it’s the cinematography, sound, and music that carries the story. These visual and audio elements were freed from the restrictions that the plot would otherwise enforce, and were collaged to achieve the maximum aesthetic impact as opposed to intellectual impact. This technique allows us to see the controversial topic with a certain sense of detachment. It makes us reflect on what it means to struggle in life. The politics is used merely as a storytelling device. The ultimate point of the film isn’t to educate or inform us. It gives us an aesthetic experience. The hypnotic and captivating sequences of this film make us want to watch it repeatedly, like a sublime piece of music.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been obsessed with logically understanding the world around me. Until I find a satisfactory explanation for why something is the way it is, I can’t sleep well at night. Ultimately this is all driven by fear. Whatever explanation I come up with is a temporary measure to calm myself down, that is, it’s a fictional tale. In my view, one can appreciate the true value of theory only if one realizes its fundamentally fictional nature. As with anything fictional, there is art to telling a theory. That is what I strive to do on this website.
This does not mean that everything presented on this website is completely made up. They are based on what we all perceive as “facts” and “truths”. The only difference is that I accept these “facts” and “truths” to be fundamentally indeterminate, which allows me to enjoy theories as a form of art or even entertainment.
I do not have any predetermined schedule for publishing new materials on this site. I write whenever I feel compelled to, and I write about things that most people around me do not find interesting. The Web is a perfect place to share them, because there is always someone somewhere in this world who is thinking about the same things I am.
If you are one of these people, and if you have something you want to share on this site, please email it to me.