Online residency – Arcade Campfa

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First draft:

Anonymity is a curious thing, with a dazzling effect. We don a mask and become invincible. We cover our face but naturally compensate with exaggerated gestures, communicating meaning through movement. I designed a triptych of short whimsical, interactive videos embodying this concept. The videos centrer around a character which conveys emotions via three masks and one full body mask with moving mouth and eyes. Each is brightly coloured and made from upcycled materials inspiring movement physically and ecologically. The project depends on the physicality of the actor to convey intent visually not verbally. I have designed the puppet head to be animated by the actors movements creating an innovative and fresh style of performance. At the end of the first video a simple choice will be offered to the audience, a healthy snack or junk food? The choice they click on will take them to the corresponding video of the surreal outcome. This project explores the effect a mask can have on the wearer. The mask conceals our physical identity, but masks aren’t deception, nor are they a normal truth. Instead they point to a surreal truth like the truth we find in dreams that tell us something about our deepest feelings and philosophical interpretations. Masks give us a similar truth that the images in dreams do. I’ve used this theory as inspiration using imagery from my own dreams for the designs of this project, as an inward exploration of my subconscious. This project delves into this ability of the mask to explore our inner selves  and unapologetically, outwardly express true identity.

This is good but is too much about the concept not enough explanation of the submission idea.

Final draft:

Anonymity is a curious thing, with a dazzling effect. We don a mask and become invincible. We cover our face but naturally compensate with exaggerated gestures, communicating meaning through movement. I designed a triptych of short whimsical, interactive videos embodying this concept. The videos centre around a character which conveys emotions via three masks and one full body mask with moving mouth and eyes. Each is brightly coloured and made from up-cycled materials inspiring movement physically and ecologically. The project depends on the physicality of the actor to convey intent visually not verbally. I have designed the puppet head to be animated by the actors movements creating an innovative and fresh style of performance. At the end of the first video a simple choice will be offered to the audience, a healthy snack or junk food? The choice they click on will take them to the corresponding video of the surreal outcome. I have chosen to make the video “choose your own adventure” style to make the video virtually interactive in place of physical interaction. This project aims to spread positivity during isolation. Alone this project would be limited to my personal social media reach, Arcade Campfa’s network would enhance the project and allow for a wider audience to be enriched by the project. 

Along with this I will send a pdf portfolio, a link to my Instagram for this project and my creative CV.

I had to edit the profile on my cv from what was originally written for a puppetry residency to an online submission.

Before :

I specialise in making wearable art and performing objects. Festivals and events are my passion and the focus for my art. My aim is to always engage and excite my audiences with my performance-based showcases. I thrive whilst working with mixed mediums in creative and innovative ways to produce dazzling performances. I have experience in making large scale puppets for festival performances which was extremely inspiring and has sparked my interest in puppetry no end. So far, my specific knowledge in puppetry building is self-taught. It is my ambition to combine my expert skills in the repurposing of discarded materials into up-cycled art, with professional standard puppetry making and performance techniques; to bring the message of sustainability to the masses through the whimsical and technically spectacular medium of puppetry and performance

after:

I specialise in making wearable art and performing objects. Festivals and events are my passion and the focus for my art. My aim is to always engage and excite my audiences with my performance-based showcases. I thrive whilst working with mixed mediums in creative and innovative ways to produce dazzling performances. To accompany my performances I make videos to engage audiences of many platforms. It is my ambition to combine my skills in the repurposing of discarded materials into up-cycled art, with these video editing skills, to bring the message of sustainability to the masses through the whimsical and surreal spectacular medium of masks, puppetry and performance

https://arcade-campfa.org/

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