The unreliable narrator as a critical technique within artists’ film and video
Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon
This practice-based PhD researches the critical effect of the unreliable narrator in contemporary independent artists’ films understood through the lens of Brecht’s concept of his Verfremdungseffeckt. The aim is to explore the possibility of combining the two critical traditions of the unreliable narrator and Verfremdungseffeckt in an inquiry into narrative truth and the ethical subjectivity of the viewer. The objective is to produce a series of interrelated films in which the trope of the unreliable narrator is explored as a critical technique. The films will be based on an existing archive of letters that problematises the status of the narrator as a bearer of truth, not only producing doubt in the viewer but raising questions about the relationship between the viewer and the witness.