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Posted by William Hopper at 4:40PM
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By Will Hopper, Cinema and Photography with a minor in Honors, '22, FLEFF blogging intern, Harvard, Massachusetts
Infiltration transcends the bounds of a singular definition.
The theme of Infiltrations at FLEFF 2020 provides a variety of interpretations that can differ immensely from each other. I initially imagined infiltration as only breaking into structures and objects. After learning about some of the programming at the festival, I realized that different contexts can drastically alter the definition of the theme.
The FLEFF website contains many possible definitions for the theme. One of the definitions of Infiltrations that surprised me explains that “Infiltrations also signal osmosis, gradually changing literal and metaphorical configurations.” 
This definition shows the variety of Infiltrations that the festival embraces because of its uniqueness and versatility. It opens up new ideas that I never thought about before because it differs substantially from my initial thoughts about Infiltrations. 
The events at FLEFF can metaphorically infiltrate certain topics to alter their perceptions in addition to the definitions that describe the physicality of infiltration.
Ecoartist Ash Arder produces work that embodies subjective meanings. Her art infiltrates preconceived ideologies about ecology through deconstruction and reassembly of objects. 
A more literal definition can describe musical performances, such as the opera singer Daniel Bates. The sounds that emerge from vocal cords infiltrate the audience’s ears, which then become electrical signals that infiltrate the brain. 
The VR experience Swampscapes, by Elizabeth Miller, Juan Carlos Zaldivar, and Kim Grinfeder, takes the viewer through Florida’s swamps. It highlights the effects of human infiltration in the Everglades while infiltrating the physical space of the swamp. 
The theme of Infiltrations can apply to many different situations because the definition can vary to fit vastly different contexts. It provides many ways to discover new perspectives within a variety of media forms. From ecoart to opera, Infiltrations can open opportunities to completely change previously established viewpoints. 

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