"Video Self-modeling (VSM) refers to "the observation of images of oneself engaged in adaptive behavior."(1) The Scotomaville series for Lake Mills WI exemplifies adaptive maturation. First, the Author and curator, Daniel Comp, learned to windsurf decades before visually - with VHS tapes. In the Scotomaville series, he learns to wind-foil, with repeated failures while recording 30 episodes. The aim was to help others watch his 'journey with a purpose', his expedition of a Personal Everest. While editing the episodes, and especially by binge-watching himself, Daniel practiced what he discovered afterward: self-reflection.
According to Nick Wignall, "self-reflection is the ability to pay attention to your thoughts, emotions, decisions, and behaviors."(7)
Studies report that "cinematherapy and video treatments are artistic therapeutic techniques by which the individuals are exposed to their psycho-physical difficulties through the stories of the characters on the screen who are coping with the same issues that the patients are."(2)
The Scotomaville Episodes journal Daniel and Angelina's transformation of run-away frustrations with life challenges ...