Plastic Skin Film
This experimental film is part of the International Transmedia Storytelling Masterclass “Camilla Plastic Ocean Planet” at Filmuniversity Babelsberg 2019.
It explores the effect of plastic and materials related to plastic production on the human body.
Photographical research before filming.
We are interested in how skin reacts since it reacts on reflexes. If the hairs are set up, if we get goose bumps, if our color turns from white to red, or from slightly pink to blue – these are reactions from the body that we cannot control. It is the moment when we show what we really feel or what our body tells us about its condition. Because the skin is a signifier of our condition we should start to look at it. Listen to it. Be aware of how we really feel. We must questions like: Is it pleasant to be surrounded by plastic? How does it feel to move through oil? How can our lungs and our skin breathe under these materials? How can we express ourselves and how do we experience our surrounding being covered by them?
We will try to answer these questions by filming the performance artist Isabella Aurora, who will be covered by these mentioned materials in various forms. She will be sprawing herself with some motor oil, she will try to walk in plastic foil that will be wrapped around her body tightly. She will try to smile and look good while she maybe cannot even breathe.
The material will be arranged around her by the participants of the project under the aesthetic view of Laure Julien, a fashion designer. It is important to also show the beauty of the material, its glimmer and adaptability. If there were no benefits or beauty to plastic, it would not have gotten so successful in our decade. The difficulty of the mission to reduce plastic in our lives is the contradiction between the beauty and also practical aspects of the material and at the same time the unseen danger that it contains.