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the outsider

This moving image piece is a visual response to French author, Albert Camus', 1942 ‘The Outsider’. Throughout the book, Camus explores the philosophy of the absurd and existentialism. The protagonist and narrator, Meursault, is a detached figure who describes what happens around him from a removed position. He is emotionally indifferent to others and his life appears to have no meaning in the grand spectrum of the universe. Camus writes, that because death is inevitable, life is therefore meaningless. Like all people, Meursault has been born, will die and will have no further importance, as he says, ‘it’s common knowledge that life isn’t worth living, anyhow.’