Junior Thesis Project -- Man-Made Monsters
Inspired by the film ‘Metropolis’ (1927), directed by Fritz Lang
Metropolis is a 1927 German expressionist science-fiction drama film directed by Fritz Lang. The story takes place in future, when the populace is divided between workers who must live under the city and endure a bare-bones existence of backbreaking work and the rich who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor. The tense balance of these two societies is realized through images that are among the most famous of the 20th century. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of the German silent cinema. The movie is pictorially beautiful and visually powerful. The film’s art directors drawn influences from Bauhaus, Cubist and Futurist design, along with touches of the Gothic.
From my perspective, the theme is dark and the expression of the movie is dramatic, that is why I choose ink as the material. I choose to present the movie by using a more conceptual and symbolic approach. The symmetrical compositions to maintain the consistency of this series. In the movie, the robot Maria is the man-made monster and she is the symbol of seven deadly sins. In the article written by Andreas Huyssen, he described the robot as ‘Machine Vamp’. So I focus more on the evilness and sexuality of robot Maria. My goal is to create a series of strong graphic images with decorative patterns and line works to give a mechanized futuristic feeling.