E-tivity 06 Performativity and Daily Life

Theory.org.uk is OK if you want a quick rundown of the philosophers and academics in the world of critical theory, media and arts. I found the trading cards interesting although I was expecting to look at the flip side but to no avail. I looked at the bell hooks one but it didn’t say much, what did stand out is that her weakness is ‘she dared to criticise Madonna’??? Maybe they are trying to make the website into a sort of an intro to Media Studies for Idiots. In my opinion it is a promotional website for David Gauntlett. If you want more info then you can buy the book, the cards, the t-shirt etc…. I was a bit puzzled when I read this sentence Academics have found it difficult to establish what identity means, so that at times it has been reduced to a set of categories such as gender, ethnicity, and physical ability (each of which becomes more fuzzy itself, when inspected closely). ‘ Please inspect the text in bold. What does it mean??

Anyway my contribution to performativity in daily life-I don’t know if this is relevant but I once filmed myself working in my studio. I was told by friends that in there view I was becoming a bit OCD about a piece I was working on that involved ripping bits of material and knotting them together onto a a framework to form a web. I decided to film the process for myself. Watching myself work was eye-opening, I suppose I wasn’t expecting to see myself obsess over an artwork in that way. A few days later I was burgled and the camera, tape and all were lost forever. Ironically the work ended up in a skip- but I didn’t get to film that-no camera!!!

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3 Responses to E-tivity 06 Performativity and Daily Life

  1. wairere says:

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  2. isabellahargrave says:

    Isnt performatism in daily life why Big Brother is so addictive? You filmed yourself but your viewing of it would be different from a stranger viewing it. The emotional removal allows different things to be seen. I guess the removal does happen over time with images of oneself, when i look at the very few photographs I have of myself I dont look as bad as I thought I did but I couldnt bear to watch myself on film. Like you I didnt like the sight but thought the cards were a good way to index subject matter but the links needed to be active and the information more extensive.

  3. Deference says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Deference.

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