The penetrable screen

Topping, Jane (2016) The penetrable screen. In: NAFAE Conference: “Research Practice Practice Research’, 15-16 July 2016, Lancaster, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Fuelled and confused by the post-net environment’s effect on ways of looking, my films use appropriation & narrative to warp established meanings of pop cultural texts and phenomenon. I often place myself directly into a chosen text, embodying the participatory spectator - the contemporary viewer who, used to multiple screens, narratives and realities, has no problem existing within the text itself. In previous work Peter (2014), the female subjective voice was ‘retrofitted’ onto a documentary framework, undermining the authority of the original text (Blade Runner, 1982, dir. Ridley Scott). The unreliable narrative utilised personal history and film theory, biography and autobiography. The visual construction of Peter supported this unreliability via the use of repetition & doubling. Added to this was a narrative which foregrounded hypnotism and falsememory - the effect on the viewer was destabilizing. Screen Used (work in progress), seeks to develop notions of ‘the voice’ in the broadest of terms, to include the active body (both artist’s and viewer’s), and its relationship to the screen. The work combines appropriated video of the YouTube phenomenon ASMR (pseudoscientifically named Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response videos, aiming to give the viewer a bodily ‘tingling’ sensation) and the artist’s own interaction with a ‘fleshy prop’. The aim is to coerce or perhaps propel the viewer through the screen, conflating the viewer’s body and the film itself, through the combination of aural manipulation and visual imagery. Screen Used seeks to activate the screen membrane as both penetrable and bodily, making it sensual. My presentation for NAFAE will examine at the genre of unboxing videos, ubiquitous on YouTube.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments: Faculty of Education, Arts and Business > Institute of the Arts > Fine and Applied Arts
Additional Information: Jane Topping, University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2017 15:20
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2017 16:26
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2856

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