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‘… the current theoretical distinction between sex and gender differentiates between biological, anatomical givens on the one hand, and social or cultural norms of behaviour and attitude on the other.’(Buchbinder, 1998: 39)
Individuals negotiate between sexual attribution and the social boundaries and fantasies involved with gender attribution.
Sexuality – the ways in which humans use their bodies and their ‘genders’ to have sexual relations with each other
The idea that our senses of self rely on what we know of the ‘outside’ world – we ‘try on’ various identities – a serious form of ‘play-acting’ – ‘the experience of pop music is the experience of identity’ & identification
See Simon Frith (1996), ‘Music and Identity’ in Questions of Cultural Identity , Eds. Hall, Stuart and du Gay, Paul, London, Thousand Oaks: Sage,121-2.
We use our likes and dislikes, our identifications with others to construct stories about ourselves which we tell ourselves and other people by the ways in which we present and represent our selves.
"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
There is a myriad of ways to engage conceptually with notions of identity….
To signify a relationship to a place
To signify a connection to a culture
To signify displacement from both of the above (the migrant experience – culture and home land become objects of desire and fetish)
Slide credit: Tracey Meziane
Identity, culture and place William Yang Slide credit: Tracey Meziane
Keith Piper “ Relocating the remains ” A Smudge, A Fragment & A Whisper. In the case of this project, the act of 'relocation' takes on multiple meanings. In a literal sense, the relocation becomes from physical to virtual space. The remains of objects, activities and idea's which at one time exclusively occupied the cold space of galleries and other places designated for the display of art, have become disembodied, recoded into digital form. At points these remains are compacted onto CD-Rom , at others they are set adrift onto the virtual expanses of the Internet. Slide credit: Tracey Meziane
Keith Piper “Relocating the remains” cont… We have the choice of relocating the remains which lie beyond three virtual gateways. The first gateway is called "UnMapped". The Second is called "UnRecorded", the third is called "Unclassified". Beyond "UnMapped" lies an investigation of the various perceptions of the black body as defined beneath the dominant gaze. "UnRecorded" examines the gaps in historical narratives which continue to distort and obscure black presence. "UnClassified" centres around an examination of the impact of new technologies on surveillance and policing, especially in relation to notions of community, nation and cultural difference. Slide credit: Tracey Meziane