|CREDITS | support | filmteam | performance|
yourself! is a project by Janine Sack. 2003 – 2005
|CONCEPT | background | presentation|
An investigation on the cultural phenomena "docusoap"
is a project based on the concept of reality TV shows.
Be yourself! is shot in a "blue box" with a virtual stage mapped digitally onto it. The stage design is quoting the aesthetics of existing shows and serves also as commentary level. The use of a virtual environment symbolises the aspect of construction and fiction in connection to "real" interaction.The decision to work with actors instead of participants aims in the same direction: it is not about creating a realistic situation but dealing with the reality which is always implied in every fictitious setting and can therefore be represented "artificially".
Even though conflicts, friendships are partly generated through the casting, the people performing in the shows fill the stage with enthusiasm and eagerness to show themselves. The most interesting aspect to me is the borderline between fiction and "reality". In these artificial set-ups, the shows provide is the social and cultural reality reflected in a nearly symbolic way. Preconceptions about interaction between people, their certain needs and wishes are taken into consideration when the formats are conceived. They base of course on known social norms and roles.
The participants can therefore easily adapt to the situations and act and react in more or less predestined way. Their main task is to keep the audience's interest by playing their roles or themselves in a convincing way. The suspense though is hold by the the editing and the fact that this "real-life" event has become public interest.
The combination of installation and liveperformance as re-enactment of the fictitious characters is aiming to again blur the boundaries of fictional and real in the context of presentation.
yourself - Trailer", 2 min 46, miniDV
with variations of the Logo