Devoid of a traditional tethering narrative, You Are Here tackles philosophical questions about the relationship between technology and thought via a series of loosely intertwined vignettes. Daniel Cockburn’s experimental feature opens with a lecturer in front of a video projection of rolling waves asking his audience (i.e., us) to follow a red laser-pointer dot on the screen while simultaneously paying no heed to it, a go-with-the-flow request also asked by this film. The thematic issue of whether media and modern machinery can bring meaning to a constantly mutating reality is omnipresent, whether we’re watching a cadre of operators use phones to track incoming callers or archivist Tracy Wright use photos and filing systems to catalog and interpret audio-video clues she finds on the street. Overlapping story threads, voices, and imagery result in an atmosphere of disquieting psychological confusion.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 9, 2012