matt hyland On Wednesday, 23 September 2009

this lecture i found was inspiring through the technique/effect created by Lucas Samaras, the way he played around with the photos chemicals, this brought me onto a similar effect that i could create with my doodles, i liked the presentation as again it raised more questions about identity, and more words to think about...

like chimeras, slight tweak- scents of unease, obliterating purpose and the way he talk about how people see each other, like stereo types (I like to call social boxes, because, what ever someone wheres socially people like to put a box around you and name you it. As if we're all produced in a factory somewhere with a sticker shoved on our heads saying what we are, in which i don't really like personally. because i feel it can split a generation up socially instead us seeing each other all as one. But this isn't from our own generation, this is also from the early 1950's when the word teenager started to evolve and we all became individual. But it wasn't just teenagers because they had the bikers and teddy boys and the mods and rockers (around the 1960's) and used to be massive riots in Blackpool.)

As apart of this through random image research into "Mods and Rockers" about there bad attitude I found a really interesting report by the guardian named "boys n the Hoodie" by Dr Jack Fawbert (senior lecturer in sociology and criminology) lardy dar..

but I found the report interesting through that it says how it's the media blows things out of proportion
I'll post the report in by him

"A wet bank holiday weekend in Clacton in 1964, and many young, bored weekend visitors, so-called mods and rockers, are filling the streets. To relieve the boredom, a few groups scuffle on the pavements, a few stones are thrown, a few windows were broken, a couple of beach huts overturned and one youngster fires a starting pistol in the air. In competition with one another, mods and rockers start cruising up and down the front on their scooters and motor bikes.

Referring to these events, the front page headlines on the Monday morning were sensational to say the least. Stanley Cohen, a young South African research sociologist who was interested in deviancy and was looking for a subject for his PhD, thought this that was ideal subject for a case study. Through meticulous, systematic and rigorous research, he discovered that the news media were guilty of gross exaggeration and distortion and that the epithets mod and rocker became stigmatizing labels with inventories of negative characteristics and symbolic powers that demonised young people.

Furthermore, the news media established predictions about future events, such as where trouble would occur at the next bank holiday, the truth of which were guaranteed by the way those predictions were reported. In other words, they became self-fulfilling prophecies. Because the news media reported when and where the next event would be, it meant that more young people would be drawn to it. Also, more journalists and photographers were at subsequent events expecting stories. The news media had provided a script and a stage and young people became the "stars" who were expected to play for the cameras. Deviancy amplification was almost inevitable."

but hey whoa bringing it back to art I feel that this is a kinda proof that what we do, wear, say and look is down to media and advertising, so in a strange sort of way throws me another question of are we individuals or are we slaves to companies? But saying that (please don't take that wrongly, I conclude anyway, it's down to how WE act not to what we buy, that makes us who we are and what we're influenced by.) through this process of thoughts, I was thinking or playing around with the idea of a socialist route, or story to my project/face/identity...

2 Comment

  1. Hey Matt,
    I'm Earl. I'm just looking at other peoples blogs at the moment and I noticed that your likes are similar to mine (though I am more of a console man myself). I especially like your range of movies that you liked

  2. Alison says:

    It's great to see you thinking through the research Matt, you're on the right track. Ask questions and scrutinize every thing, take nothing at face value.
    It is the begining of academic thinking.

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