Childhood allegories – taught from a young age that ‘difference’ is not necessarily ‘good’. Learning to be ‘civilized’ Is about learning to fit in. black sheep is an idiom used to describe an odd or disreputable member of a group, especially within a family. The term has typically been given negative implications, implying waywardness. It derived from the atypical and unwanted presence of other black individuals in flocks of white sheep.
When a prisoner begins his sentence, his first hours in the jail will see him "dehumanised" by the handing over of his own clothes and the donning of prison issue clothes. In many prisons, the colour of your shirt will show which hall you have been assigned to (leading amongst other things to sex offenders being obvious to other prisoners, amongst whom they are very unpopular). The dehumanising process of coming into prison - the "dog boxes" in the prison transport vans and the "dog boxes" in the prison reception, the allocation of a number and the change into prison uniform - known as "mortification" - is not accidental. It is deliberate and is to give offenders very firmly the message, "Right, then, sonny. You might have been a big hot-shot on the outside, top of your criminal tree. But in here you're just a number. You're the same as the rest of them. The sooner you buckle down and accept this new reality the better you will get on".
The work is ‘silently’ outspoken. It speaks for itself to such an extent that he hardly needs to say more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbN5MGRGQ1o§
The work is so ‘silently’ outspoken. It speaks for itself to such an extent that he hardly needs to say more. He certainly does not need to claim a political attitude or stance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbN5MGRGQ1o§
Uniformity & control lecture
+DEBATE & POLEMIC RAGE & REASON IN A WORLD OF MANIFESTOS
+ Introduction Uniform: not changing in form or character; remaining the same in all cases and at all times. Uniformity: The quality or state of being uniform Conformity: behavior in accordance with socially accepted conventions or standards Control: 1 the power to restrain something, esp. ones own emotions or actions. 2 maintain influence or authority over….
+ Hunger The subject of the film is, in part, the refusal of the prison inmates to wear the prison uniform and the power of using the body as a weapon. "Turning their violence against themselves".
+ Uniformity & Control in Hunger 00:08:41 (Political Violence) – Voice of Thatcher, leads into prisoner arriving and refusing clothes. 00:34.33 - given uniforms (clown uniforms) leads in to 36.10 - arrival of prison guard – violence (fighting against the law and order) 01:06:45 - Hall mopping scene (example of uniformity versus non-conformity). 00:25:31 - Bobby sands - caveman - Samson loses his hair. Christ re-born. 00:30:43 - Bobby Sands - Christ and the apostles at the last supper. Leads back into caveman imagery. Solitude. Ideology of a primitive soul.
+ Uniformity, Control, Identity The author – lacks identity connection Not Irish, no Irish connection Trepidation about how a Black Englishman could/would interpret the Irish Troubles. A ‘corrective’ gesture. Based on how Bobby Sands was portrayed in the media… Possibly a redundant argument, the film’s success attests to that.
+ Steve McQueen - Manifesto?"Im a geezer, Im anartist, thats all I am. Imnot in a position toinfluence. Other peopleare. What we need ispeople with balls, inlife, in politics, inanything.If everyone sits on thefence then nothinghappens, nothingmoves, so we stay rightwhere we are."Is he being cleverlydiplomatic? Passing thebaton?