RCA Moving Image Studio - Seminar Series 2012/13 - Session 5 - Fiction
This seminar looks at how artist-filmmakers mimic fiction film structures and forms. Narrative film tropes and structures have long been viewed by artists as suspicious, largely because of their omnipresent commercial application. In recent years artists using the moving image have embraced the use of screenplays, the casting of actors and the use of professional crew to construct detailed mise-en-scene, sometimes with a finish redolent of Hollywood. Often artists adopt or appropriate narrative devices in order to challenge them, or reverse engineer their power to condition audience response. How do fiction films in the gallery space copy or reuse sequences from popular cinema, when and how do they deliberately undermine levels of narration or laws of continuity, inverting and subverting the construction of on-screen film space and utilising repetition.