Film installation, 2-channel projection in loop and scenic space
18 min 40 sec
Edition of 5 + 1 AP
CHARACTER is the result of Paul Heintz’ journey to find people bearing the name of George Orwell’s 1984 hero, Winston Smith in England.
The resulting project takes various forms: a book edition, a video installation, objects and wall sculptures.
CHARACTER, the video installation, is deployed on two channels: a double super 8 projection draws portraits of men, of Winston Smiths. The grain of the film, the format of the interview, the proximity to the subject and its more sociological context speak in the language of the documentary. A video records the meeting of the Winston Smiths. Played out on a stage, it presents a lingering question: is this a theatrical act with a predetermined text or the result of spontaneous gestures and words?