After a tutorial about my presentation; It was pointed out I was trying to cover too much. That is, I had chosen a broad topic; “storytelling in contemporary and/or illustration.” I wanted to know why we started illustration, when it became general practice and what uses it had; I wanted to find out why we evolved storytelling, where the language of it came from, and the universal aspects of it all. Which you can plainly understand, is a large topic considering the length of the human history.
So I scrapped it; I stuck with the most obvious topic; “What is the difference between narrative and storytelling.” It seems such an interchangeable word, but it’s really not. It’s not easy to point out, but there is a difference, In the book “Narrative” by Paul Cobley, it explains that while story and narrative are closely related, a narrative is the showing or the telling of events and the mode selected for them to take place, where a story consists of all the events which are to be depicted. Colbey also states that where there is narrative and storytelling, there is plot, which is the chain of causation which dictates that these events are somehow linked and that they are therefore to be depicted in relation to each other.”
To accent the difference, an artist was to be used as evidence of the practise, I chose a piece of art over the artist himself. As Barthes stated that the provate life of a writer may have anedoctal interest and could, and often does explain why they wrote, but it is “no more relvant to the literary quality of his books, or to their meaning, than the private life of a physcist is to the acceptability or otherwise of his views on the quantum theory of the structure of the atom.”
The piece I chose was “The Clock”, by Christian Marclay. It is a video/sound piece that runs 24-hours and is in perfect sync with the clock in real time. It took over 3 years to make, 6 assistants, 10,000 clips , more than $100,000 and 2 over-heated hard drives to make. There is no plot to the video, only the plot of you watching it and being able to use it as a real clock, the narrative of it is is the video, the means in which to show you the story, which is a series of disrupted characters and plots running together in a “seamless collage of celluloid clips featuring character either referring to or looking at the time.”