Casey Smallwood's solo exhibition for the HELM series, The Acting Project, is a multimedia installation that consists of five video projections. The Acting Project takes as its starting point an exploration of the parallels between acting out the role of a character and the acting out of one's daily persona. Viewed together, Sets, Audition, and The Moment of Engagement: Special Features from The Rehearsal reveal the situations around public performance - letting the viewer in on the processes of acting while blurring the line between documentary and fiction. The videos fuse scripted and unscripted dialogue, creating a dynamic between the theatrical and the real, alluding to both Reality TV and psychological experimentation.
Through the physical installation of the work the viewer is also implicated as a participant, extending the project’s narrative into the real space of the exhibition and allowing individual experiences to unfold within each viewing.
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