Film Screening – Silence of the Lambs

Wednesday 22nd March

Silence of the Lambs

From watching the Silence of the Lambs, I was intrigued by the character buffalo bill and the his role within the film. The distressing image of the character stitching the skin of those he had murdered was something that created unease throughout the film. However, it is this thought that has allowed me to connect my work to the film. The sticking into the skin follows on from research I carried out recently about a veteran who stitched into the skin of a dog that was being operated on. However, the sinister meaning that comes with the film increased the unease behind the costume Buffalo Bill was creating. The texture of the costume being very visually realistic and the idea of him butchering and collecting the skin gave me the idea to use the human body to represent the meat industry to add that initial thought of butchering the human body like an animal to create the food thats we eat.

This gave me ideas for further projection methods, such as projection onto meat inspired objects in the same way I had previously experimented with the meat scans, projection on fur and onto cut outs of paper.

To follow on from this, I need to look further into the idea behind the idea, to find potential materials I could use to manipulate and represent the image created in silence of the lambs. As a result I will look to experiment with materials to find the most suitable representative.

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