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How to Change Your Life in a Day

Breda Beban
2004
10 min loop Colour Sound DVCAM

How to Change Your Life in a Day

Based on Beban's personal experience of war, How to Change Your Life in a Day features a soundtrack from Paul McKenna's mind-programming CD How to Change Your Life in Seven Days.

How to Change Your Life in a Day is set to the sound of a hypnotic voice that induces a trance like state in the viewer. The images show Beban's domestic setting of a covered window, overlooking a residential area in London, interjected by newsreel archive footage of grieving women. The window is covered by a blind which moves with the wind in tandem with the voice and appears to obey its instruction, occasionally revealing the outside view. The quest for the ideal self and perfect life is set alongside the outcomes of the grand narratives of contemporary world politics.

How to Change Your Life in a Day is a full-wall projection. Sound is delivered through headphones for each viewer.

Shot by the Sea Film Festival, Hastings, England

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