Faces of Reality: A Video Collage
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Faces of Reality: A Video Collage is an interactive, multichannel audio-visual installation: a collage of video screens is positioned on a wall, several screens show a live broadcast of people in the installation space which are captured by cameras, while the remaining screens show pre-recorded imagery of grief-stricken Syrian asylum seekers. Faces of Reality: A Video Collage aims to question how empathy is forged in one’s mind when associated with tragedies in mass media, whether it be streamed online or broadcasted on television. Both images are of the same medium, video. The viewer therefore sees themselves in the same way the victim is seen. The on-screen suffering seems to be closely connected when placed side-by-side to the viewer’s on-screen responses to the victim’s suffering. Here we can question how empathy is invoked. By recontextualising the imagery in a collaged way, Faces of Reality: A Video Collage aims to answer whether a viewer’s personal thoughts can be altered when they begin to observe the gestures and body language displayed by themselves while being associated with mass-media representations of human suffering.

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Toby Castles

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