‘Split’ is a surrealist piece that explores the uncanniness of the human face and the physical elements that bring together our facial features. The human face is something that is not unfamiliar to us, however when facial expressions are split in half, we are encapsulated by a sense of uneasiness and confusion. Taking influence and inspiration from Daniel Crook’s works, Split incorporates an engaging transition between three human faces, emphasising the individuality that every human possesses.
Our work explores the duality of the mind, consciousness and physical body through two separate videos of a person’s face play out separately as if they were one. We have purposefully situated our projected work on two walls in the corner of the gallery space, creating an unavoidable space in which viewers watching the work will have feelings of un-comfortability through the uncanny eye contact of the videos.
A prominent concept of our work is ‘The Uncanny’. The uncanny can be defined as something that is strange or unusual in a way that is surprising or difficult to understand. The dissimilar movement of an individual’s face spurs an unsettling feeling within the viewer, intriguing them to continue watching.
New Zealand-born videographer, Daniel Crooks has played a major influence on the direction and development of our group major work. His use of creative editing techniques in combination with his temporality exploring controlled videography has provided our group with an influence base in which to refer back to over the duration of the semester. An aspect of Crook’s work that we wanted to replicate was his prominent use of slices of time, placed at separate positions in his videos, challenge the traditional editing processes, resulting in an encapsulating original experience.
The following link contains a number of Crook’s video works:
From the get go, video has always been the priority of our major work, however, we wanted to compliment this with some form of audio. Over the course of the development, we tested multiple forms of audio that we thought would improve the audience’s experience; Robert Frost’s poem, individual’s thoughts and uncanny sounds (heavy breathing, sniffing etc). In the end, we opted against having audio as we believed that it detracted too much attention from the video.
As we continue to reiterate and test, a greater amount of options and creative aspects are arising. The above video is one of our tests with the splitting and irregular movements of an individual’s face.
Images: Splitting of face + Uncanny movement of face
Screenshot: After Effects CC editing the motion of the split face