SIGNS THAT SAY WHAT SOMEONE ELSE WANTS YOU TO SAY AND NOT SIGNS THAT SAY WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO SAY
Remake of the famous artwork of Gillian wearing :
SIGNS THAT THAT SAY WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO SAY AND NOT SIGNS THAT SAY WHAT SOMEONE ELSE WANTS YOU TO SAY
Pictures of the process :
How the silhouettes were dispose on the wall :
Close ups of every silhouettes :
By studying Gillian Wearing’s work, we came to the conclusion that it still applied to our generation, but in a very different way. Indeed, the series “Signs that say what you want them to say” before social media existed. Nowadays, captions on Instagram and tweets say what you want them to say. It is common to share your opinion and display a image of yourself, one you imagine is better than you actually are. Therefore, our aim was to make this work more appealing to our generation.We turned the series around, giving people the possibility to make us say what they want us to say. Our pieces, “Signs that say what someone else wants you to say and not signs that say what you want them to say”, is an interactive work. It relates to the new generation because it puts people in a situation where they have to express themselves through someone else rather than through their social medias and in person. Parents, partners, friends and strangers participated to the work and it is very interesting to see the difference in the way people perceive you and how it is related to their relationship to you. The analogue format is meant as a reminder of Gillian Wearing’s work and the pre-social media period in which it was made.
For Part 2 we want to create a much more immersive experience by doing a video of one of us, standing in the street with a white sign with nothing written on it, and people passing around. The place of the video is a really important choice because we want to have enough strangers that would be able to step out of the boxe and come and write sentences on this white board.
The feedbacks in class were really helpful in a way that we know we have to change the initial question, to have a much deeper response from the stranger. Also it would be interesting for the presentation to project this video (perhaps doing a timelaps) on a big wall and placing a white paper at the exact same place were the member of the group is holding the sign so it would make people of the classe participate more in the experience. Moreover, we thought about the clothing that would were the students that pose in the video. I personally think that wearing more unconventional clothing/makeup would attract more people in the street.