Second artefact: Initial ideas and research

I have been very much inspired by my dissertation:

What is the role of masks within cultural performance? And to what extent are masked concealment and disguise in fact expressive of true identity?

For this project I wish to play with the effect a mask can have on both the wearer and the viewer. The uncanny effects masks can have on people is something that interests me greatly. my worry is, will this be too closely related to the artefact i wish to make for my dissertation? 

Recently I have been interested in the world of prosthetics and so went about researching the best in the business and seeing what they value. So obviously I started with the one and only…

Stan Winston

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Predator 2 – Making the Predator Suits behind the scenes

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The Island of Dr. Moreau 1996

  • He refers to the makeup effects or annamatronics he makes as characters in the film 
  • in regard to not using cgi “They are actors in a film, not special effects”
  •  He is an SFX story teller, using his craft to enhance and completely create characters. 
  • These are all aspects I admire him for most, and why I think his films are timeless 
  • literally bringing these characters into the real world, rather than remaining fictional on a screen. 

Next I looked at another legend in the mask world:

Tom Savini

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The work Savini did for the band Slipknot is what i’m most interested in:

Corey Taylor’s Masks by Tom Savini

  • Horror legend – has made so many masks for monsters
  • Plays with ideas of identity-
  •  slipknot’s masks were meant to conceal their identity at the beginning of their career 
  • “We put a mask on and we’re not about our fucking faces. It’s always gonna be music first.”
  • “People like me, Clown, Sid change our masks drastically,” he said. “Because, for me, the mask is a representation of the person on the inside, and nobody stays the same over time.”
  • as thats progressed the masks represented the man that was underneath which i think is really interesting
  • Corey commented on the most recent mask: “I wanted it to feel like it was something that was created in someone’s basement – something that was made specifically to fuck with people.” – would like to take on this concept of playing with people’s minds whilst making my own mask.

Facial optical illusions by Dain Yoon

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  • Makeup not a literal mask but a metaphorical one with an interesting effect 
  • Could play with features on a mask to create a similar effect in 3D
  • Really enjoy the idea of producing a digital effect in a physical way 
  • A Lot like stan winston creating real special effects – this is more astounding than digital effects in my opinion. – is making becoming a dying art? 
  • digital effects and technology bend our view of reality.
  • Yoon’s illusion makeup is a reflection of how she sees the world. “People live in illusions,” she says.Potential plastic surgery concept:

Potential plastic surgery concept:

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  • is a sort of mask in its self
  • Plastic surgery manipulates the face and can have an eerie/ uncanny effect simply by manipulating the features to be over exaggerated
  • Playing with features may be an interesting idea
  • Could be a conceptual performative piece with an exaggerated mask with the ideas of identity and self image being examined?

Rodrigo Braga – The Dog Man

  • Tricked the entire world that he had a dogs head sewn to his face
  •  work of Brazilian performance artist
  • The artist asked a veterinary surgeon to sew the dog’s face parts on his own face.
  • we don’t see his face in the pictures; we see a replica of the artist’s face.
  • Crazy concept referring back to this ability to use the face to play with people’s minds and emotions. 
  • Do I want to use my own features or maybe use features from other creatures such as this?
  • does that border on becoming a character mask?

 

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