In Department of Art, Experiential Learning

Four BFA students filmed fictional characters performing simple, everyday activities in South Korea’s capital

Three BFA students walked around Seol, South Korea in handmade costumes. (Photo courtesy of art.byu.edu)

As part of a collaborative project funded by a film and digital media grant, Fiona Barney mingled among the crowds in Seoul, South Korea, donning pink overalls with a face and a stuffed pillow in place of her head.

The ensemble was one of three costumes sewn by Barney and classmate Ricey Wright, who joined Barney in Seoul wearing a brown headpiece, a large yellow top shaped like a wedge of cheese and shorts. A third classmate, Rachel Henriksen, performed the role of a large blue character with red boots, no arms and a perpetual smile.

Group videographer Dalila Sanabria, who conceptualized and directed the project together with Barney, followed the fictional characters around Seoul as they explored their surroundings.

Sanabria and Barney directed the project to explore the construction of a nonlinear, rebounding narrative similar to those found in videos made for infants, such as “Baby Mozart” or “Teletubbies.” This style of video captivates babies with snippets of information and no logical chronology.

This particular narrative follows the characters as they explore Seoul and engage in everyday experiences—taking the elevator, walking down the street, and trying on hats, for example.

Read the full story written by Abby Weidmer at art.byu.edu

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