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To Thais Breton, there is already so much to show of our world, than to spend hours creating fiction, a beautified window of it. Thais has a strong desire to explore the moral consequences caused by an ever-changing society. Our contemporary society is shaken by changes that provoke bittersweet reactions. It is these conflicts that Thais urge to document, using a cinematic apparatus to invite viewers into a world of visuals where they might recognize or question their own thoughts and philosophies.
Like a scientist, her films take their roots on a hypothesis, which is developed as she explores the substances at stake through the conversations and the encounters made throughout the shoot. Using poetic documentary as a medium, she traced in Touch Matters the nostalgia provoked by the “end” of art in its raw form. From physical to digital, her aim was to show that artists lose the use of their senses in their craft, but that a notion of physicality can be re-installed between technology and artists.
In her thesis documentary, The Collectors, she explored the relationship between individuals who suffer from the disease of Alzheimers’ and their children. Their stories are echoed on visuals of the rare spaces left in Singapore that are still imprinted with the past, thusly drawing a parallel between the individual fright of a memory’s loss, and a collective amnesia forcefully provoked by the local mass destruction of aged buildings. The catharsis is reached for her in the editing room, when putting the recordings together allowing the deductions to stem: consonance or dissonance, both outcomes are intriguing and open on an urge to embark on new explorations.