Dear Leanne Renshaw
Firstly I would like you consider Baudrillard’s three orders of reality and understand this in relationship to the artworks you are going to produce:
First order: There is a representation of the real, and it is obviously artificial (e.g., maps, realist paintings).
Second order: The boundary between reality and representation blurs. The difference between representation and reality is not clear. In some sense, the representation has become as real as the thing it represents.
Third order: There is a reversal. The representation precedes the real, and in fact, produces it. What it produces is “hyper reality”. Baudrillard thinks that this has become the dominant way of understanding and experiencing the world.
Foucault: prisons hide the fact that society itself is the prison. We think the prisoners are the ones who have lost their freedom; in fact, it is us. The two social realms (in prison, out of prison) are similar).
Disneyland: not just a second order simulation (where fake mountains look more real than real), but a third order. “Disneyland is there to conceal the fact that it is the “real” country, all of “real” America, which is Disneyland…Disneyland is presented as imaginary in order to make us believe that the rest is real, when in fact all of Los Angeles and the America surrounding it are no longer real, but of the order of the hyper real and of simulation.”
I would like to produce three short films and three (what I call) hierarchies.
The films can be recorded on whatever device you see fit. But always stay true to the source material.
Film one: The first short film is based on the documentary “Painters Paintings”, more specifically the Robert Rauschenberg scene. You will play the part of Rauschenberg BUT with a Scottish accent. I would like you to recreate this whole scene staying as true to the source material as you can possibly can (for example I would like you to sit at the top of a stepladder, but you do not need to cut away to pictures of Rauschenberg’s artwork, instead you can show pictures of your artwork or just focus on you sitting at the top of the stepladder.)
Link to the whole film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ_v3X0b5Io
Link to just the Rauschenberg scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM_DOxf_Dx4
Film two: Much like the first film the second is recreating a scene, but this scene is based on the USA politician Donald Rumsfeld and his infamous news briefing on February 12, 2002. You will play the part of Rumsfeld BUT at the end of every sentence you will wink at the camera. Again I would like to recreate the film as true as you can from the source material. Also you will need someone playing the reporters in this short film and the first film as well.
Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiPe1OiKQuk
Film three: film three is base on the song “Blame Game” by Kanye West, at 5 minutes and 18 seconds into the song Chris Rock will start speaking. You are to play the part of Chris Rock BUT start crying and hyperventilating throughout the 2-minute plus film. You must not include the first part of the song; start your video from the part where Chris Rock starts speaking. You can pick the location for the final film but again stay true to the source material.
Link to song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rndo8VOQuA
Link to lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/blame-game-lyrics-kanye-west.html
There will be three hierarchies in total, they should all be presented on A3 paper, you can presented them how you see fit on the A3 paper be that in pencil, pen, paint, computer printed or even screen printed.
Hierarchy one: I would like to grade all of the students in your year from one to ten, (ten being the highest), base the grading on the artwork they produce and include yourself within the grading. (Example: Thomas Smith, 7/10. Katie Haigh, 9/10. Ruby Stone 3/10)
Hierarchy two: I would like to grade your tutors/lectures from one to ten, (ten being the highest); you can choose the specification for grading them (example: quality of interaction with them or the one with the best shoes.) whatever the specification of grading make it clear at the top of the A3 piece of paper, like wise with hierarchy number one.
Hierarchy Three: I would like you to grade the four universities involved within No Working Title again from one to ten, (ten being the highest), and the specification of this hierarchy is simply the quality of the university. Again make this clear at the top of the of the A3 piece of paper.
Finally I would like you to pair up the each film with a hierarchy, while doing so think about Baudrillard three orders of reality.
All the best.