This is Project #FindJane.
First of all, I have put together a short video of our Installation which documented processes and feedbacks from our dearest classmates and lecturer!
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Some background information about this project:
Find Jane is an installation that uses various mediums such as sound, video projection and physical space to allow the viewer to trace the footsteps of Jane as she falls victim to a stalker.
Uncovering the mystery of Jane’s call for help and eventual disappearance, the viewer will be exposed to her experiences through a third character – The detective. Using various social media platforms and manipulating sound and space, it proves to show our over-reliance on the Internet holds many dangers for those around people who confuse the virtual world and reality. Our mixed media installation targets young teenagers, especially those between the age of 13 and 18, and warns them about the dangers of the Internet and social world.
The exterior of our installation:
We made use of mainly garbage bags & raffia strings to corner up a little area for our set-up. As the room belongs to a stalker, we envisioned it to look nothing less than creepy. With the use of garbage bags, we blocked out almost 90% of the surrounding lights, giving the atmosphere an extra boost of eeriness.
Some bits and pieces of the detailing:
In the interior of the room, the only source of light comes from a dimly-lit table lamp. The light which reflects against the wall would then reveal the stalker’s underlying fetish. We ensure that the photos on the wall were sufficient enough to appear like he was indeed crazy over Jane. This might just be the highlight of our installation as it would be the first thing viewers notice as they walk through the flap of garbage bags.
Cake with a candle on top. A representation of his “big day” (birthday). It is the very first indication which hints the purpose of his capture.
A birthday card he wrote to himself to establish his oddish personality – alongside with a camera to reinforce his photo-taking habits.
A calendar marked with his birthday – Hints his excitement to “meet” Jane, for every day nearing his birthday is a day closer to seeing Jane again.
The stalker’s attempt to print out Jane’s weekly timetable – it only showed how overly obsessed he was. He kept track of her movements, constantly. All of the hearts indicated the time period where he would get the chance to see her as she passed by the security guard house.
His retrenchment letter alongside a Security ID Card. Established his current financial and emotional state – at lost and desperate. It also helps viewers to link back to how they met, which is through his daytime job as a security at her secondary school.
Newspaper scattered all over the floor, specifically news on Jobstraits. Some jobs were either circled or crossed out. It provides insights that he is desperately on a lookout for a new job.
Notes against his window that speaks about his misses and longingness. All these details are inserted with the intention to hammer on the idea of his psychotic delusions.
On Carousell: The stalker’s attempt at cheating Jane to meet him.
This was recorded in an extremely echoey setting so as to reinforce the idea of being kidnapped in a god forsaken place. The soundtrack was looped to enhance the audience’s experience as they immerse themselves in the “stalker scene” setting.
Additional information on Character Profiling:
What is an installation without an objective, right? At the end of the day, the main message we wish to send out to the young masses of teenagers out is the danger of social media and how we should practice safe usage of the internet at all times. Everday, we are airing so much of our personal details online – regardless if its photographs or private information. However, beyond just our own circle of friends, we would never know who else is viewing our profile.
Our set is inspired by:
‘Perfect Blue’, Directed by Satoshi Kon
and ‘Stalker’s Room’ by Eleanor Bull ( http://cargocollective.com/eleanorbull/Stalker-Room )
We adapted its sense of chaos and desperateness and incorporated it into our installation.
Overall, we are really happy to be given a chance to work on an actual installation as it is our very first ever experience!