Personality tests, like the Jung Typology Test, are used widely in employment contexts to sort the characters of applicants and quantify dimensions of their personhood: 'introvert/extrovert', 'impulsive/premeditated', 'exploratory/conservative', etc. These metrics are then used to assign roles to different person 'types' accordingly.

 

But what could result from applying these metrics to fictional characters? And what if the same person is performing all of these characters? By subjugating imagined persons to the same quantitative evaluation process, this performance event was an attempt to explore both the foundations upon which such tests are based and an experimental meditation on the categories 'person' and 'character'.

The video starts with an introduction, followed by three character performances. The rest of the video is a group discussion on the implications of the experiment.

The inventory used in this experiment is the Hexaco-PI-R, created by Michael C. Ashton and Kibeom Lee. 

MARs Research Hub, Goldsmiths College

21 January 2020