Mainstream, Subversive, Fantastic (i.e. the stuff of fantasies too):
A good actor who embodies limitless and wild possibilities professionally and yet also lives a recognisably every-day life.
Safe and dangerous all at once
Slide credit: Catherine Summerhayes
Celebrity in real and online contexts – controlling the image Slide credit: Tracey Meziane In many cases, celebrities do not have control of how their image is used. For example, images of ‘stars without makeup’ is a regular feature in many women’s magazines. In the online environment there is even less capacity for stars to control their image. The images on the right have titles with the words ‘Paris Hilton’ but none of the clips in this screen dump have anything to do with Paris Hilton. Her name is used in the title to attract viewers as it is a popular search term.
Artists who become online ‘stars’ John Halcyon Styn has been exploring the idea of online celebrity for years. He has a number of online personas and he plays with ideas relating to identity and intimacy. His web site is at: www.cockybastard.com Slide credit: Tracey Meziane
Artists who have explored ‘identity’ and ‘celebrity’
Di Ball is a digital artist from Qld who has a number of online and performance ‘identities’.
This is Fleur Ball – a Country and Western Superstar.
Some of her other identities are ‘Krystal Ball’ an online psychic and ‘Meet Ball’ an online dating agent
"We are all the sum of our selves, but I have started to name some of my selves. As of now, there is Di Ball (myself), Fleur Ball (a cuntry and western singer), Krystal Ball (a sooth sayer), Meet Ball (an introduction madame) and Polly Vokhal (a feminist theorist) who exist both in the real world as well as in cyberspace. These personae act as filters for my past. They set up the instruments for my exploration and interrogation of identity. Identity is the subject of my artwork.”
As part of this search for identity, I explore my own flesh. I have an ongoing body of work (pun intended) entitled "Pink Bits", where I map various regions of my body and use devices such as drawing and sketching as well as the digital to record these "bits". I scan, photograph, touch, document and project. I am a large person. This is a large project. Is there an end?
Slide credit: Tracey Meziane
15 minutes of fame Andy Warhol made this statement in the 1960s: “ In the future everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” Do you think this is true? You Tube certainly would have you believe that being famous is a ‘real’ possibility. Slide credit: Tracey Meziane