Project 2: Forrest Gump RESEARCH

This research portion probably came in a bit late after all the critique has been done, but for sure i did it during the week where we just started this project!

So i researched on different movie quotes and artists that using surrealism and dadalism in their works with also some random researches found on pinterest with pictures i really liked.

SURREALISM: a 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images.

I feel that surrealism is really interesting as it involves many things that you wouldn’t thought you can actually combine them together to form a surreal picture that some do make a lot of sense. Thus, i got inspired by the different unique pictures on pinterest and decided to take the approach of using surrealism in my chosen quotes for this project.

Here are some pictures i found really interesting:







DADA: Dadaism was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century.

Dada was the first conceptual art movement where the focus of the artists was not on crafting aesthetically pleasing objects but on making works that often upended bourgeois sensibilities and that generated difficult questions about society, the role of the artist, and the purpose of art.



Some of the artist references i researched on

  1. Hannah Hoch:
    Höch was not only a rare female practicing prominently in the arts in the early part of the twentieth century – near unique as a female active in the Dada movement that coalesced in her time – she also consciously promoted the idea of women working creatively more generally in society. She explicitly addressed in her pioneering artwork in the form of photomontage the issue of gender and the figure of woman in modern society.


2. John Heartfield:

John Heartfield was an artist and a pioneer in the use of art as a political weapon. Some of his photomontages were anti-Nazi and anti-fascist statements.


Some of the movie quotes i chose while researching was:

-“That’s the thing about pain, it demands to be felt” -Fault in our stars

-“Never forget who you are” -The lion king

-“To live will be an awfully big adventure” -Peter Pan

-“The deeper you go, the weirder life gets” -The life aquatic

-“Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one” -Pocahontas
For this, i actually thought of using runs of the right path where there is actually two different routes that one can go. However, after thinking about it, i feel that it might be too literal. 😛

-“Stupid is as stupid does” -Forrest Gump

-“The past is just a story we tell ourselves” -Her

These are the quotes i chose after deciding to interpret quotes in a dark and gory manner:

“Give a man a mask and he’ll become his true self” -The dark knight

“Pessimism is just a higher form of optimism” -The Innkeepers

“We are who we choose to be” -Spider-man

It was really hard to choose a common “tone” for all the four quotes as didn’t have any theme to begin with but i really wanted to do something using surrealism. Thus, i decided to work with the dark tone since it may leave an impact on the viewers.

Author: Chia Te

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