Nailah, Cy, and I plan to create a rendition of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” that expores the hyperactivity of social media. The story is one of Aesop’s Fables from ancient Greece. In the original story, a young shepherd tricks his fellow villagers by shouting for help and pretending that wolves were attacking his sheep. While the villagers rushed to his aid, the shepherd laughed. In the end, a wolf actually came. When the shepherd cried for help, the villagers ignored him, and all of the sheep were eaten.
In the simple story, there is one key takeaway: do not lie or you will find yourself in a bad situation. The simplicity is a good opportunity to build a narrative and connect the themes to our current way of life while preserving the core message. Rather than focusing on the character’s habitual lying as a prominent issue, this narrative dives into the backstory of the subject and builds character developments. Viewers are able to see the character in between their release of lies to the public. The subject may lack true friendships and relationships, but the lifestyle that they project reflects that of of the opposite and they are lying for validation.
The video will consist of distorted and exaggerated perspectives, the utilization of montages, diagrams depicting different environments, narration and dialogue, and music (perhaps live). Over the span of six to nine minutes, each frame will include more information in the scene or “frame” that ultimately reveals the actual reality of the subjects and their environment/reality.
In the end, the person will actually have an emergency occur and reach out for help online, but none of the user’s followers will believe the user. In the current digital age, misinformation is a prominent issue. Our performance may examine the toxicity of social media and the methods in which lies spread to a gullible public.
Range of examples for our performance:
- Photoshoot of the “most instagrammable” installations – plenty of examples in nyc
- People using space in historical and natural monuments for long periods of time to acquire the perfect picture
- Photoshopping yourself/catfishing
- Appearing rich with exclusive access
- Attending cool parties/shows
- Documenting the more presentable/impressive parts of your life – “went to a museum” – “I read a cool book”
- General achievements
Repetition is a key part of the original story and something we may present in a few of these instances. Social media blends the line between reality and fiction. Our performance may explore that line and whether or not we cross the boundaries on a day-to-day basis. The tone will be comical but may offer a thought-provoking social critique. In order to do this remotely, perhaps the video may consist of the user surfing the web. One of us could actually post bizarre messages on our social media and livestream the reactions from our friends and family.