Fourth/Fifth Wall

Fourth Wall

“The fourth wall is the imaginary “wall” at the front of the stage in a traditional three-walled box set in a proscenium theatre, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play”

“that serves to separate the world of the characters from that of the audience.”

“The thin line that exists between a story and reality. When a character in a story tells the reader in some way that they know that they are a character in a story, that is called ‘breaking the fourth wall’.”

“Speaking directly to, otherwise acknowledging or doing something to the audience through this imaginary wall – or, in film and television, through a camera – is known as “breaking the fourth wall”.

“In fiction, “breaking the fourth wall” often means having a character become aware of their fictional nature.”

This is very interesting in relation to the work that I have been making, as I have been photographing from this ‘fourth wall’. This also then links to the figures and how much they are absorbed in their character/ activity, and could they possibly be breaking this fourth wall if not fully absorbed in their role, which we may decide when looking at the images.

Fifth Wall

“The term “fifth wall” is often used by analogy with the “fourth wall” for a metaphorical barrier in engagement with a medium.”

“It has been used as an extension of the fourth wall concept to refer to the “invisible wall between critics or readers and theatre practitioners.”

In the same way this may refer to the imaginary wall/divide from the beholder and the figures within the image.


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