For our project we have decided to act out a scene that shows a symbolic cultural representation of death and do either a filmed commentary on our subject or a voice over while showing some relevant pictures. I’m focusing primarily on how those cultures view death while my teammates are focusing on other aspects of those cultures.
I believe it would relate to the context of the museum by trying to show how different cultures think of death, life, and how it is represented in those cultures. It will also show how the way those cultures depict death has changed throughout time. The project will add to the mask display by showing the tie some have to afterlife rituals, and the implications of the way that culture viewed death. It would also show how those views have changed, the contrast between how our ancestors viewed death, and our modern views of it.
I’m hoping the tone can be both serious and also lighthearted. It’s such a serious subject that if we can bring humor into it I believe it would create a balance and help people take the subject. We chose the medium because it will be entertaining so the public will be interested and want to learn more. I think a voice over or podcast would be appropriate for the context of a museum and seem professional. The drawbacks include having the scene not be completely clear in what we’re trying to say if we aren’t careful, or it could seem like we aren’t taking our subject or ancient cultures as seriously as they deserve to be taken. I hope that our project can make people think about the way they view death and what we can learn from our ancestors.