I am also inspired by the work of Gillian Wearing, as she documents the distance between the public and private persona through her film and photography works.
DANCING IN PECKHAM (1994)
I am very interested in the dichotomy between the exuberation of the artist whilst dancing, and the restrained, questioning members of the public in Wearing’s video work, ‘Dancing in Peckham‘ (2004). In this work, she wildly dances in the middle of a shopping centre, unrestrained by social conventions – simply letting herself go within the public space. But what becomes more interesting as the video goes on is the reactions of the public passing by, as they stop, albeit momentarily, to look often within distrustful disgust or secret admiration. In our own film, I would very much like to explore the disruptions of the privacy within the public space, through an element of the unordinary happening – making the viewer question their own roles and position in the public arena, as they become more aware of themselves and their own actions through the actions of others.
‘CONFESS ALL ON VIDEO. DON’T WORRY YOU WILL BE IN DISGUISE. INTRIGUED? CALL GILLIAN.’ (1994)
I am also interested in Wearing’s film, ‘Confess all on video. Don’t worry you will be in disguise. Intrigued? Call Gillian.’ (1994), In this film, members of the public told their most revealing and grotesque secrets whilst hidden behind masks and disguises, allowing for a certain sense of security within anonymity. Participants confessed to crimes or cheating on their partners with prostitutes; another middle aged man confessed that his virginity stemmed from the obsession of seeing his brother and sister kissing one another in a teenage game. These secrets would be damning to the individual if their true identity was revealed, and what I find interesting the almost false sense of security the disguises give them. Just because they are physically hidden doesn’t mean they are not revealed. They become exposed to the audience in an uneasy intimacy as the space between strangers is destroyed. I would like to explore this breakdown of space between both the real individual and their ‘public persona’ or disguise, as well as the degradation of boundaries in the modern world between members of the public themselves.