“I can Hear you now” is the major project I am creating for my MA Photography at Falmouth University.
Usually, I portray people during an emotional process of internalization of their negative feelings or memories, then externalised through the act of screaming to, at the end of that emotional path, visually analyse “what is left”. This to transform an act, commonly conceived as negative (screaming) into something with more positive connotations.
With this video, I decided to start examining viewers’ reaction to my work.
In this specific case, I filmed a woman, who’s previously been also one of my sitters, while watching my “Video self-portrait” (vimeo.com/208347694) immerse into the dark. The only light was provided by the projection on her face and body of a series of long-exposure photographs of screams I have created for my project. She couldn’t see what I was projecting on her, being completely unaware of the visual final result, she could only see that video. The projection was intentionally distorted to focus viewers’ attention of her face and her facial micro-expressions in order to allow the audience to understand what she was experiencing, to empathise with her. Those photographs wanted to seem as painted on her, almost embracing her figure, and her shadow became a projection into a projection, making turning her into an integral part of the work itself, “playing” with multiple layers of meaning.
The only sounds and noises we can hear are the ones generated by my “Video self-portrait”, by the subject breathing that, at some point, became almost synchronised with mine and the environmental ones.
I asked my sitter not to physically move as far as possible, trapping and forcing her to face what she was looking at, increasing and exasperating her “position” into this experiment.
Since at the end of that “Video self-portrait” my body disappeared, I decided to do almost the same while filming her, hiding her face into the shadow recreated by one of her photographs. In this way only the movement of her chest were visible but, at the same time, she was silently screaming with me and for me.
My intention was to detect and analyse all her reactions and to understand how a potential audience might experience my work, hoping that this visual experiment might work as empathy’s catalyst.
Directed and Produced by Dayana Marconi.
Photography by Dayana Marconi.
Videomaking and editing by Dayana Marconi.
Assistant Videomaker: Alessandro D. Pujia.
Sound technical Assistant: Marialuisa Ferraro.
© Dayana Marconi 2017. Copyright for this video belongs solely to Dayana Marconi. Images might not be used or downloaded without her permission.
Further information about this video and the project will be available on "I can hear you now" official website: icanhearyounowproject.com/