Silent Movie

Hope Hutman, research associate and Artist-in-Residence in the Visual Narrative Initiative at NC State, examines how we make meaning in a visual narrative. Debuting in the iPearl Immersion Theater, her interactive installation Silent Movie is a personal, interactive, movie making experience.

What we make and what we see, what we like and what we engage with, shapes us and shapes our world. Storytelling, at some level, is a means of cultural preservation and instilling moral values. Silent Movie seeks to investigate what happens when we refuse to accept the story as it is presented to us. It asks us to question, draw our own conclusions, to think critically. In the experience, everyone begins with the same content, a set of video clips and title cards. The video clips are cut from old, black and white American Westerns and the title cards are taken from random parts of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Silent Movie invites participants to consider these clips and assemble them in their own way to tell a new story.  It encourages and enables each of us to find our own meaning in the content provided.