Hui-Chen Weng

"Hello, world"

Section MS8, Gabriella Hirst

Keywords: cinema, moving image, archival practice

In filmmaking, a body double is a person who substitutes a scene for the actors without showing their face. In my video work Hello, world, I reveal the doubles hidden by the commercial cinema industry through compiling the footages of films, the movie trailer and the text of regulations. I use the 'double' as a site to reflect upon consumerist society of spectacle and perceived 'perfection'.

As one of the products of consumerism-led society, the films of Hollywood repeatedly sell only perfect images which the society is longing for. Body doubles stem from this need for perfection but are purposely hidden by cinemas; their labour is also excluded from the audienceā€™s perception. As a result, the value of doubles is created when the audience has no knowledge that these people are involved.

What can we learn about the manufacturing of perception through the hiding of the 'Double'? Does society choose to see selectively and let seamless images represent reality? Who is allowed to be a person within this scheme, and what are the mechanisms of person-hood? In my video work Hello, world, certain doubles are exposed to be themselves, not the actors they are performing as.