DONE BY: TEO JUN MING, YUEN JIA JUN & LUNG NOK WAN
The installation follows the story of a little girl name Gwen. Gwen was born without a father and was raised solely by her mother, Jasmine. And when she was 12 years old, her mother re-married to Kevin and both of them moved in with him. Kevin is semi-alcoholic and has violent tendencies and these are shown through his abusive actions towards both Gwen and Jasmine. At the age of 13 years old, her mother passed away due to sickness, leaving Gwen with Kevin became depressed and became more aggressive towards Gwen. He became bipolar and was unpredictable in his beatings and scoldings. He even threatened Gwen that if she tells anyone, he will beat her… Gwen was afraid to seek help, she had no one of authority to help her. Gwen is lonely and helpless, she became a victim, a victim of child abuse… After several months of abuse, Gwen had enough as she plans an escape, an escape out of this nightmare.
The interactive installation follows the experience of a victim of child abuse. Audience put themselves in the perspective of the child and follows her story. The installation will be placed in a dark room. In the dark room, the fort is lit up, hence symbolizing a place of comfort and warmth in the midst of darkness.
Sequence of event:
Projector scene –> Tunnel leading to main fort –> Main fort
Emotions to evoke:
- At the entrance, the audience will be shown a clip of a portrait shot of Gwen and Kevin through the projector. In the clip, Kevin is constantly abusing Gwen both verbally and physically and also showing’s Gwen’s emotions as she undergoes the abuse. The clip will be played in loop and will be in black and white and in slow motion. Providing audience a preview of what is the installation about.
E.g. Film for Greg from “Me and Earl and the Dying girl”
Tunnel leading to fort:
The tunnel helps to provide a sense of time and help us to sequence the experience as a whole from happy to sad – the unfolding of the child’s life and story. (A brief background of her life)
- The audience will first enter the tunnel that leads to the main fort.
- As the audience enters the fort, they enter the personal space of Gwen.
- In the tunnel, the first thing the audience will see is the pictures of Gwen and her mother, Jasmine. (To establish the understanding that Gwen is raised by a single parent, Jasmine)
- Single pages of journal will be placed to provide a narration to her story. (The story should flow from a happy mood to a sad mood)
- Next thing the audience will see picture of Gwen, Jasmine and Kevin together. (Establish that Gwen and Jasmine moved in with Kevin)
- Voices of Kevin’s violent actions and quarrels with Jasmine will be heard. (Bring in Kevin’s violent tendencies)
- The audience will then see a black and white picture of Jasmine within a frame with white lilies. / The audience will see a the same picture of Gwen and Jasmine from point 3. However, in the picture, Jasmine’s face is faded and the picture is black and white. (Jasmine passed away)
In the main fort, audience will interact with various objects belonging to Gwen, allowing the audience to empathize with her situation and slowly piece her runaway story together.
- Torn family picture of Gwen and Kevin suggesting the dislike she has to Kevin.
- Teddy bear with slashes at the back. (A way for Gwen to build up her buildup frustration)
- Mp3 player with ear piece (Emphasis on her loneliness, and her way of escape from Kevin’s violent tendencies)
- Picture Journal of stickmans depicting the violence at home (Inability of her to put her experience in words)
- Sounds of Kevin abusing her can be heard from outside. (To show the trauma she’s facing)
- Camcorder story telling of her situation. Similar to using journal. (Further emphasis of loneliness and helplessness). Reference from lonelygirl15.
- Changing the perception of a warm and comforting place to a depressing place (Slight Plot Twist) → Evoke sympathy towards Gwen.
- Journal entries to document her runaway plan and also her daily abuse.
- Vlogs of Gwen talking about her daily abuse through the camcorder → Create an intimacy between Gwen and the audience → Loneliness and helplessness felt by Gwen. The vlogs will also document her runaway plan.
- The last vlog of Gwen’s, she revealed her anger and ended off with “I had enough!”.
- As the audience leaves and exits the room with the question behind their heads
Objects for Projector:
- Black and white projection of Kevin abusing Gwen
- Black and white projection of Gwen taking the abuse
- Music (The big ship by Brian Eno)
Objects in Tunnel/Fort:
- Photographs: Kevin’s face scribbled away
- Photoframe: picture of passing of mother
- Torn pages of journal: for narration of story
- White lilies: symbolises death
- Picture Journal: stickman doodles illustrating how Kevin abuse her
- Teddy Bear: 1 side in good condition, the other all cut up
- Mp3 player with earpiece
- Portable Speaker
- Lamp: light up the fort
- Colour Filter: to be placed at the front of the lamp
- Pillows: create a sense of comfort
- Fairy lights: wrapped around the fort
- Cardboard boxes: fort/tunnel building
- Trash bags: block out light from windows
- Projector: vlogs projection
- Clothing Pegs, Bedsheets, Chairs, Pins: fort building
- Portable Speaker
- Trashbags: Cover windows
- Dark Room
- Art 02-23
Lonelygirl15 – The main character in the vlog series started vlogging in her bedroom about her personal life, her best friend, Daniel and her conflicts with her parents. Eventually revealed that Bree was a member of a secretive religion, recognized as the fictional Hymn of One. Her vlogs also revealed that the Hymn of One is a powerful society who want the Trait positive blood of young girls like Bree, propelled them further into a journey of a dark adventure.
How we tie back closely to our project – whereby the child abuse victim, Jane, started vlogging as well. Day by day slowly revealing her misery life of being a child abuse victim. Her vlogs are mostly on accounts of her unable to reach out to anyone for help.
ReMoved – Follows the emotional story through the eyes of a young girl taken from her home and placed into foster care.
“Trapped in the misery of my life,
Lost in the sorrow of my soul,
Unable to see the light.”
- Child Abuse can be physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual.
- Children who are abused are often afraid to complain because they are fearful that they will be blamed or that no one will believe them.
Some Reasons for Child Abuse:
- Young, single non-biological parents.
- Family disorganization, dissolution, and violence, including intimate partner violence.
- Poverty and other socioeconomic disadvantages, such as unemployment.
- Parental stress and distress, including depression or other mental health conditions.
Child Abuse Killings:
- Children going through adolescence need the support of parents, who must give them room to grow and help them confront tough issues. Those who commit parricide have parents who have not been available to help them.
- One reason why child abuse killing happened is due to the severely abused child who is pushed beyond his or her limits.
- Analysis revealed that the six adolescents who fit the profile of the severely abused child had approached life fairly passively until the homicide.
- They kill only when they feel that no one is there to help them.
- The youths killed a parent or parents in response to a perception of being trapped.
Child Abuse Run Away:
Accounts of Child Abuse:
- “I’d get thrown against a wall and she would hit and kick me.” (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/childrens-stories-about-abuse/petes-story/)
- Abused by personal helper (Personal Account)
– Got hit on the head with severe items phone, cane, belt
– Blasted water straight to the face.
– Caned everywhere
– Did not want to tell his parents as in fear of getting more physical abuse by the helper. (being threatened)
NSPCC: Stories from survivors of child abuse
- Provides refuge from the outside world
- Providing the child his personal space
- Promotes imagination and creativity
- Small space provides a sense of comfort and security