Interact with the community #Picbod
“We were then really lucky to be joined by Dr Adrienne Evans who spoke about the representation of the body, both as an outward choice, and returned representation via the media. She touched on recent and relateable examples of debates around sexuality, objectification and empowerment including Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’. “
-Does Miley Cyrus or Rihanna have any control how the media show them?
-What does it mean to find someone sexually desirable?
-Is this just a white representation?
-How are men implicated in the sexualisation of culture?
How we represent our own bodies:
What is the body? Is it just a bag of bones…
Bodies are constructed: aspects of our personality, restricted by historical and cultural norms.
Restricted by social position: homeless people cant show their personality so easily
How is it represented?
Media shapes how we understand our bodies, bodies are all shown quite similarly in the media. White, slim, females, wearing very little clothing. Black female bodies are seen as dark and sensual. Latin male bodies stereotype in media is seen as sexually powerful.
How does it represent itself?
There are a range of technologies enabling us to re-present ourselves in different ways.
Participatory culture= promise of ‘authentic’ accounts of our self
Although we appear to have a chose of what we choose, we all still do similar things
What kind of bodies are being represented in the VO5 advert?
-White males, a few black males,
-No black females,
-No ginger people
-People who are disciplined are the black people
-Then we have the unique white bodies
What is this saying is the ideal body?
-Slim and muscular
What’s the contradiction?
They all end up looking the same, even though we are being told it will make us more unique
Understand different theories of representation?
We try and fit the mould.
When people look at us we recognized ourselves, as someone in somebody else’s eyes.
The gaze can make us feel uncomfortable, as we cant get in to their head and understand what they are thinking
Self aware, subject / object
Objectification is the process of turning people into object for our own gain
Women as instrument or object of pleasure nothing more.
Camera is a tool of objectification
Cropping: a collection of pieces not as a whole person… legs, bum, tum
This really says something about the song, and its possible meanings:
Controversy now seems to sell records…
Lyrics taken from rape culture…
Should the song be banned?
Abject and Disgust:
Abject is somewhere between the subject and the object.
Kristeva (1982) defines abject as things that pass in and out of the body
Shit, sweat etc
We find these abjects interesting…
“Two girls one cup”
“The human centipede”
Dead bodies, used to be part of our culture, they have now become abject. Extremely thin and extremely fat, makes us feel our own bones and flesh,
Limits of representation:
Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman, born into slavery
Freak show act in England and experimented on in France- fascination with her body
Gender (In) equality
Long history of gender oppression- only recently that women have been seen as ‘human’.
The Everyday Sexism Project:
Everyday and normalized sexism e.g. wolf whilst, clothing
Feminist movement- challenged sexism
Constructs of Privilege:
Bodies defined by range of binary differeneces
Intersectionality; bodies are more than just gender, race, class, sexuality, but all of these things
White, straight, males = easiest difficulty setting!
Alternative Bodies, Alternative Representations:
Reshaping the Body…
Body is malleable- can be changed in shape appearance and physicality
Female body builders, scarification and branding, tight lacing, suspension, bloodletting, extensive tattoos and piercing…
Modern primitives- urban subcultures that form tribal affiliations
Socially sanctioned self-mutilation?
The living doll communities…
Often seen as quite stupid
But is it her aim to change the idea of beauty?
A form of self-portraiture
Ways of using abject/ disgust to chanllenge taken for granted assumptions about the body
Grotesque bodies ‘protudes, bulges, sprouts and branches off’ (Bakhtin 1965 p.320) create feelings of ambivalence
But usually subject to ridiculous or concern or recuperation
Codes and Conventions, C and C
-Aesthetics, choices, self-portraits, filters
Choice and Representation
Representing people within objects, can also be a self portrait
Defining themselves by purchases or experiences
“Nothing of me is original. I’m the combined effort of everything I’ve known.”
The objects that he bought 15years ago still represents who he is now, maybe this tells us more. It certainly tells us something different.
Personality, Interests: His interests are reflected in his images
Why do people take images of different things? … Interest and personality
The way we turn our camera on the world is biographical.
“All art is autobiographical. The pearl is the oysters autobiography.”
“every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself.” Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Phillip Gefter “As satisfying as it is to discover what Sarah Bernhardt looked like, or Charles Darwin or Coco Chanel, the conundrum we are left to ponder about the nature of portraiture is whether the portrait is one of the subject, or in fact a portrait of the photographer.”
The self portrait as a…
Nikki. S. Lee Infiltrating a group
Learn more about the group, mirror image of the groups
A representation of them
Understanding the Codes and Conventions of the group so that she can mimic them
Trying different things, referencing different societies
The identity question of her self
Bend and Hilla Becher
Reference and place ourselves
Contrast to what is already out there
Taking the place of a female in the group
The replaced person then takes the picture
Can see his surroundings (gives the reader more context, who he his and what he likes, where he lives, surrounding objects, becomes more personal and relatable, more of a narrative, flow of life)
Rhythm of his life
Plain white wall
(Focus on her, how she changes, her style, we see the way her face changes, scientific)
Documentation of feelings
A document, a record of violence and mutilation
Scares, tell stories
The photographer, the subject and the viewer.
Self-portrait, the role of power is flipped on its head
You have to give and take, meet in the middle
Talking to yourself
Lucien Freud “The difficulties of painting yourself are psychological, you have got to try and paint yourself as someone else”
White T-shirt Drawing Task:
“We explored natural light as an aid in making intimate images in a workshop which twins with a drawing class. The drawing class in fact focused on looking rather than drawing and the relationship between subject and artists, something we all need to be acutely aware of during this class.
– WORKSHOP TASKS “
Aware of the environment, aware of the equipment, then focus on the relationship…
Creative Workshop 1.
Pre-visualise and produce a self portrait ( using only available light) unrestricted in theme and technique yet still supplying a message to the viewer. You should spendtime first understanding what it is you wish to convey before then looking at the composition and mechanics of the image and finally production.
#Picbod 14 Introduction Vlog…