My MArch final film for Unit 15 at the Bartlett School of Architecture.
This film explores notions of gendered space and behaviour in a hidden backstreet in Hackney. The character is based on the Prettiest Girl Of All Time (the P.G.O.A.T) who is also veiled, from the novel Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. The project is born from the idea that gender is reinforced by notions of looking and to-be-looked-at-ness, including not wanting to be looked at, looking, wanting to be looked at, and looking at yourself (voyeurism, scopophilia, visual pleasure, narcissism...)
The street is a loop in which she is trapped and she attempts to escape through various archways, in which she encounters specific spaces designed around acts of looking. The first is based on hospital corridors and bathrooms; looking at the body and hiding and Molly Notkin's bathroom from Infinite Jest. The second is a tv gameshow theatre in which she is the star, alluding to the desire to be seen and the desire to watch. The final space is a giant ball in which she sees projections of herself in the space- representing the ideas of split subjectivity and the assumed (male) observer within herself.
The archway-fantasies begin coherently but break down and send her back into the street each time, so the film acts as a constant loop, like the street in which she is trapped.
Major elements of the monologue are quotes from David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, which is definitely the most amazing/inspiring book i've ever encountered...