Title of artist: (Intermission)

name of artists: Chia Wei Hou, Joanna Ng Shuhui

Lesson idea

Conversation/ communication/ disruption/ time/ film/ photography/ mood/ fragment/ surrealism

This lesson idea can be used to help students develop comprehensive narratives and existing fragments of conversation, and to investigate the mechanics of conversation: listening and exchanging.


Responding to Artwork:

Interpretation by isolating the components of the work: visual and audio

  • By isolating either constituent: audio or visual of the video, students can start to make connections and form their own interpretations of what they think the work is about. Through this, students will also be made aware of the roles of audio and visual as well as their relationship in contributing to the overall experience.
  • Teacher could use questioning techniques to help students elaborate and make connections with what they see, think and wonder. At the end, teacher will allow students to fully experience the work and to re-evaluate their interpretation: e.g. has your interpretation changed? Why?


  1. Isolating videos, students can wonder about the locations, movement of the characters and consider the idea of travelling and destination.
  2. Isolating audio with their backs turned against the video piece, students have to concentrate on the conversation and try to make sense of the subject matter/topic of conversation.


Suggested questions:

What do you think is the relationship between the two characters?

What were the difficulties faced in making sense of the audio/visuals?

Do you think the work will be successful without audio/dialogue/visuals? 

Creating own artwork:

  1. Based on video’s concept of disruption: using exquisite corpse method
  • Split class into groups and amongst the class choose two students to be the actors/actresses.
  • The first group will produce a script for a dialogue or conversation between two people. After this script is written, the first group will film it and then pass on this film to the next group who will respond to the conversation/script and continue the conversation.
  • This will go on until the last group who will conclude the film.


  1. Based on the medium of video
  • Each group will record a conversation about any chosen topic between two of their classmates and translate those conversations into storyboards.
  • Students should be exposed to some knowledge of the different camera shots and angles that could be used to create a narrative.
  • Students can further translate their storyboards into a video.


  1. Based on interpretation of scripts and storyboarding
  • Each group will receive a simple script that comprises a few lines of dialogue between two persons.
  • Students in their groups will interpret the scripts into a one minute short video via storyboarding. Students are to place great emphasis on the camera’s point of view.
  • Students will further translate their storyboards into a video.



  • Any decent camera with video recording function.
  • Scrap paper, pens and pencils.
  • Teachers may choose to provide audio recording equipment: boom pole, recorder, microphone etc if they wish.





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