Im not sure how would i do that, how does one become someone else? one either takes on their appearance, or their behaviour, manners, words…Dressing up is a way of letting the audience know what im trying to do, thats why i came up with it. This is a project with inherent failure in it. It will fail, i will fail in this attempt to find out something about the fears and weaknesses or anything else about my ancestors. But i always admired failure in art, so it is not something i care about.
Im still puzzled about the question, may be i can answer with a work of art, that i came across recently. It is perfect to me. It perfectly illustrates what you are asking about.
Mom-Me 1973 by Larry Miller
Miller created Mom-Me as a durational event that involved six sessions with a hypnotherapist. Mom-Me begins with Miller’s voiceover explaining: “I wanted to know what it would feel like to become my mother, to lose consciousness of my own identity through hypnosis and to believe for a while that I was Mom.” Hypnotized, Miller-as-Mom answered questions about herself and drew a portrait of Mom and of Larry.
Installation of components from event realized under hypnosis, two panels with family snapshots, photographs by the artist, and video stills with ink and china marker text of the video transcript, mounted on board; life-size portraits, ink on paper, post hypnotic ink drawings on paper and video documentary, 53 minutes, 23 seconds.
Can i just decide that from 1pm-2pm i will be my grandfather, is my decision enough to realise the work this way without costumes, make up, if yes then the image is poorer, then it could have been, if the image is poor, then may be it is a sound or a text piece…?!
I feel that i need to test this and do a video to answer this question…