Director / CrewI am filmmaker James Burns. I voluntarily spent a month in solitary confinement and live streamed it on VICE - AMA!
Jan 16th 2017 by JamesyBurns • 11 Questions • 276 Points
My short bio: Hey everyone, My name is Infidelix.. I am the rapper from the subway video... I am setting up this AMA so I can talk about what happened with the video and the girl.. what I do as a street performer... and talk abit about my new album...
Did your experience in solitary confinement feel real? For instance did the presence of cameras or the idea that you were part of a live stream make it less intimidating/realistic?
Why did you pick Berlin?
The experience did feel real- i was completely immersed. I think because of my past experience I was triggered in many of the same ways as before and it was very painful. Oftentimes I forgot about the cameras- it's hard to exist 24/7 under surveillance and be conscious of it all the time.
i didnt really pick berlin..berlin picked me. i was backapacking europe for a few years and once I got tired of living on couches..I wantedto realy.. I happened to be in berlin when I made that desicion. This city has shown me more love then anywhere and I love the people and the place because of that
Were there any times where you thought you just weren't going to make it? Was there a particular low part of your time in solitary confinement?
There were times that I had to remind myself that I wasn't an inmate and that this was a project- your thoughts can go to some very dark places in extreme conditions like that. Because of my past experience in solitary confinement I was triggered, and I was reacquainted with the feeling of not being able to make it.