In this project, we used the Instagram platform as a site for telling stories, stories that unravel or shift over multiple days.
We examined the potential of the Mise en scene and its recurring, episodic usage. Participants were encouraged to explore different forms of narrative and temporal progression, the idea being to think about challenging rather than conforming to audience expectations on social media. To think about what it could mean to have an audience see a slow, crawling story everyday.
We looked at the details of everyday life and how and if they could be used to tell larger stories. Whether our stories could come from observing details around us, rather than details being used as ways to realize preconceived ideas. Actions, conversations, outdoor or indoor spaces, moments of interaction, rituals were filmed to ask the audience to live patiently and linger on the moment.
The video workshop revisited methods of video-making and distribution that we already use in our daily lives: Facebook and Instagram stories, YouTube videos, GIFS and others. Participants looked at the ways in which these forms are used, from the personal diary to the political and satirical. Also, how we as artists can appropriate and use these popular forms of production and dissemination to create fiction, documentary, narratives and poetry which exist in the real world, outside the limits of the art world and the gallery system.