MIA Screens is an online showcase featuring contemporary experimental films and artist moving image works with introductions by the artists who made them.
Geraldine Snell introduces overlove (2018):
overlove was titled so out of a sense of having too much love and not knowing where to put it. An exercise in self-mining and an exploration of performance and documentation, I pushed the crush I developed on a drummer, pseudonymised as ‘Curt’, to absurd heights through first writing a book of love letters before adapting these into a web series. Each episode used the scaffolding of the original text as a script or stimulus for videos, which were made and posted online 2 years exactly after the original letters were written.
Combining sporadically captured phone and camcorder footage with more considered, composed shots and fourth-wall breaking direct addresses, overlove is both melodramatic and mundane. I was committed, in its production methods and accessible YouTube dissemination, to a DIY, handheld (or embodied), lo-fi aesthetic; a zero budget, singularly produced labour of love. I thought I sought a Magical Other, focusing on ‘Curt’ as objet d’amour, but in documenting and exhibiting overlove, the viewer became the Other I sought.