“Four ‘Characters’ empathizing with the Author”
“I can hear you now – Four ‘Characters’ empathizing with the Author” is the video that works as conceptual introduction to the project “I can hear you now”, the two-year project I am creating for my MA Photography at Falmouth University.
Since the whole project wants to be a journey into the interiority of individuals starting from the idea that we are unable to properly communicate our negative emotions, I opted to begin from a video that portrays that lack of communication.
The portrayed subjects are non-professional actors, even if two of them had a brief amateur theatrical experience, but I wanted to use a theatre as location and Cinema’s visual language to enhance the dialogue among different forms of art before enhancing the one among people. Each subject doesn’t act a role: I provided them with short monologues they had to translate in their native language or in the language they use in their everyday life and, then, I explained them that those words were about my personal experience only at the beginning of the shooting phase, because I wanted to record their genuine reaction to this information and I wanted to see if they could empathise with me and with that specific moment of my life.
Using different languages in order to communicate with me while not being able to communicate among them, they tried or to imagine how I would have react to that specific situation or they interiorised those words providing a personal “interpretation” according to what those monologue moved inside them. We can observe four people communicating and not communicating at the same time: what they can’t tell each other by using words, they can express with their emotions, gestures and facial expressions.
They weren’t feeling sympathy for the author, they were empathising with me and, at the same time, the visual choices and the music score perfectly represent who I am and the anxiety I often feel. This video perfectly represent the confusion we experience when we have to find out the interiority of another individual and his “socially unacceptable” negative emotions.
© Dayana Marconi 2017.
Copyright for this video belongs solely to Dayana Marconi.
Written and directed by Dayana Marconi.
Videomaker: Alessio Mattia.
Film Score: Elena Maro.
A special thanks for their participation to: Aliaksandra Bacharova, Elena Maro, Roberto Amisano, Irene Musso.
Location: La Casa del Teatro, provided by NIG – Nuove Idee Globali nignuoveideeglobali.wixsite.com/nig1
Further information about this video and the project will be available on "I can hear you noe" project's website: http://www.icanhearyounowproject.com/