The idea for Sky(pe) was born during the first lockdown due to the Covid19 pandemic. In a time when personal relationships were impossible, every social activity has been reinvented through the screens of smartphones and computers, getting us used to a new way of seeing each others. Work video calls, DaD for students and teachers, TV guests from their apartment… every relationship had been transformed to webcam-deformed faces in a home-made pixel frame. An annoying limitation, of course, but also, paradoxically, a fundamental opportunity to feel less distant.
Playing with extremes, we tried to imagine what would have happened if that same opportunity had also been granted to relationships with the afterlife, reflecting, with a little cynicism, on the rhetoric of missed opportunities and the weight of habit in a relationship.
In order to tell this bitter tale, and underline the paradox of the situation on a symbolic level, we decided to avoid any cinematographic choice and, shooting exclusively with two smartphones, to give the viewer the elementary but by now familiar aesthetics of the webcam.