Meet Encounter


Amy Li explores daily interactions and relationships between individuals by honing in on the thought: 'how much of conversations listeners hear and retain'. In Meet Encounter, Li utilizes video to communicate her view of human connection in that our attention span is dwindling rapidly. She overlaps and shifts visuals and audio of four individuals to create feelings of disorientation, or a sense of disconnection. In order to further distance the audience from the interviewees, Li shows only the bodies of the subjects, sans the distinctive features of the face, signifying a lack of identity, and thus anonymity. While watching Meet Encounter, Li wants viewers to think about their daily interactions and to question their own attentiveness whilst conversing with others. Do we really listen to others when they talk, or do we translate what they say into an unintelligible mumble, overpowered by personal thought?