For my 2nd year graded unit I wish to explore the theme of identity and characterisation through the use of film and installation. Identity is a popular topic that has been explored throughout the history of art, writing, film, and philosophy, because of this I feel that there is so much research ground to explore, different strands and aspects that I can respond to and develop from.
I wish to explore this theme as I am interested in the idea of how we in society like to express ourselves and how that expression is received and viewed by others (the relationship between the character and the audience). I am particularly interested in how identity is explored in film and writing; the way the writer/director portrays certain aspects of the characters ‘identity’ through the way they dress, speak, live, even by the environment they live in and who they socialise with – for example in Muriel Spark’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, the pride of the character Miss Jean Brodie is reflected in her clothing, way of speech and even in her ethics which she then promotes to the children she teaches. I also find it interesting how special effects play a role in characterisation; used to express a characters thoughts and feeling - a good example of this is Tennessee Williams’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ where music and lighting is crucially used to project the character Blanche Dubois’s feelings and mental state to the audience (dramatic irony). This aspect will be used as a starting point for my research.
“Art is to console those who are broken by life.”