#iggymosh

Quotes from Dodai Stewart’s article “On Miley Cyrus, Ratchet Culture and Accessorizing With Black People, Rohin Guha’s article “Iggy Azalea Bounces Backwards With Disappointing Clichés” and Jaya Bedi’s article “Beyond Bindis: Why Cultural Appropriation Matters”.

The #iggymosh is a critique of cultural appropriation. I’m making the argument that cultures are not costumes, people are not accessories and that appropriation of Otherised cultures is disrespectful. The crux of this critique is the idea that cultural signifiers such as the bindi on Indian women are symbols of Otherness, where these same signifiers on Western people are perceived as fashion statements. The colour of your skin can easily dictate the terms at which this signifier is received. My work references the histories of “Colonised Others” as having experienced a forced assimilation in which they were to actively reject their own cultural signifiers in favour of the Colonisers. It is therefore inappropriate for the Coloniser to then pick and choose the Other’s signifiers as fashion statements. The wearing of cultural signifiers by Western people often diminishes the meaning of the signifier and dehumanises the Other.

The research I’ve been doing explores decolonisation and the rejection of assimilation by these Others. Colonised Others are given no other option but to assimilate and appropriate Western culture in order to play the game that is not theirs (Mignolo). Being aware of the grammar of coloniality allows us to challenge it, and the datamosh work I create is about formulating a visual language for this rejection. My initial glitch work came from understanding my identity as an Anglo-Indian. I looked at myself as a glitch in the colonial system, and the critique I’m making is that biracial children are unexpected outcomes in a system of forced assimilation.

By datamoshing the videos, I am asserting my awareness of the digital/political system by being disobedient inside it. I am inserting the human into the code and creating errors, that the digital system doesn’t know how to compute. By doing this, I am in some way acting out decoloniality in a digital framework. The work itself aims to make us “aware of the medium, its structure and its politics” (Nick Briz) and have us feel uncomfortable and concerned by it, but simultaneously curious about its potential.

It’s live!!!

#iggymosh goes live in 44 minutes! Yay!

bbbones:

Final #iggymosh sesh is going reeeeeeally gr8!

Getting pretty excited about this! It’s a pity that I broke my audio file so much that in iTunes, it plays for 1:20 but continues on the last second for another 30 seconds or so… Trying to stretch it in Audacity is a nightmare because it can’t read the file at the end! Ah well, exciting things to come etc, etc.

(via bbbones)

The Fake Town Where London Cops Train For Riots by James Rawlings via VICE Magazine

Control was shot over one day in December 2013. It is part of a larger, ongoing project called The Architecture of Conflict, exploring environments of human conflict.

“At the end of the day, that’s why I feel it’s so important to call Frozen on its bullshit. Whether you loved or hated Frozen, it should be impossible to deny that it is preceded by a rich history of animated films that champion bravery, intelligence, strength and agency in their heroines far more effectively than it does. Yet denying it we are, in droves, and sometime since Frozen’s release the praise heaped upon it reached such a critical mass that it somehow has made us forget that Belle left both home and the Beast’s castle to save her father’s life; that Mulan risked death on the battlefield and execution for treason to protect her family; that Esmeralda chose immolation rather than give herself to a man she despised; that the archetypal Prince Charming hasn’t been seen in a Disney film since The Little Mermaid; and that no Disney heroine except Anna — even Ariel — has begun her story with love as her goal since 1959: all in favour of vapid, brainless, impulsive and flighty characters whose agency is stolen from them for the sake of comedy and wafer-thin plot contrivances. This is Disney’s good enough.”

Dani Colman, https://medium.com/disney-and-animation/7c0bbc7252ef

I just watched Frozen tonight, and am gobsmacked that it was ever described to me by another woman as “feminist”. It is not. If viewed through the lens of female agency, it is embarrassing.

I may write more, but Colman’s thorough essay on the subject is required reading—especially if you liked the film and thought it was a good step in the right direction for Disney.

(via timoni)

This looks like a really interesting read. Not sure I want to watch Frozen just to understand it, but my brain is really fried after a long night, so maybe mindless entertainment to critique is what I need.

bbbones:

Some sneaky photos of the progress of my #iggymosh. Real excited. Going so well. Terrible for my eyes though.

A tiny little update that doesn’t give too much away on the typographic datamosh I’m doing about cultural appropriation. It’s been hashtagged as iggymosh, and I’m really excited about it. bbbones:

Some sneaky photos of the progress of my #iggymosh. Real excited. Going so well. Terrible for my eyes though.

A tiny little update that doesn’t give too much away on the typographic datamosh I’m doing about cultural appropriation. It’s been hashtagged as iggymosh, and I’m really excited about it. bbbones:

Some sneaky photos of the progress of my #iggymosh. Real excited. Going so well. Terrible for my eyes though.

A tiny little update that doesn’t give too much away on the typographic datamosh I’m doing about cultural appropriation. It’s been hashtagged as iggymosh, and I’m really excited about it. bbbones:

Some sneaky photos of the progress of my #iggymosh. Real excited. Going so well. Terrible for my eyes though.

A tiny little update that doesn’t give too much away on the typographic datamosh I’m doing about cultural appropriation. It’s been hashtagged as iggymosh, and I’m really excited about it.

bbbones:

Some sneaky photos of the progress of my #iggymosh. Real excited. Going so well. Terrible for my eyes though.

A tiny little update that doesn’t give too much away on the typographic datamosh I’m doing about cultural appropriation. It’s been hashtagged as iggymosh, and I’m really excited about it.

This is important, and Zoe is one of my favourite people because Exhibit A:

zoevirginia:

I remember when I was younger and playing games like “what would you do if you knew the world was going to be hit by a comet in one year” and  ”if you only had a few months to live what would you do”. Peoples responses seemed to surround get a tattoo’s, going skydiving, travelling and tell everyone how much you love them.Yet today we know that in the next couple of years things are going to seriously change, for the worse. We know millions of people are going to be displaced by rising sea levels, thousands are going to die and be in horrific positions because of extreme weather events, there is going to be widespread crop failures due to drought, floods and increased fire because of climate change. Unlike when we were kids this is not an abstract reality, this is real and its going to start seriously effecting us all in the next few years. 

Its something that we have known about and had the power to change for over 30 years now.The world as we know it is going to vastly change in the next couple of years,yet people appear to go on as usual. Yet we have a small chance to change our future, a very limited time to not completely fuck it all up. To change where we are heading from a “completely fucked no one can survive on this planet” to “Lifes going to be hard but we don’t have to lose everything we have worked for and the all the beauty of the natural world”. 

We need to stop brushing off the science and harsh realities of what needs to be done. As Peter Burdon wrote recently “Imagine that you woke up tomorrow with a complete trust in climate science and its implications”, but I don’t think you should imagine it anymore, I think its time you take it on. To be powerful you must accept the facts, but live in hope and create the world as it needs to be.

I just wish people would wake up and go shhiiiittt I really need to start doing something and promptly take action, write a letter to your member of parliament, join a green group, divest your money, donate to a fighting fund or talk to a mate about what’s going on. Because its only going to be a very bumpy ride from now on in, and no one should have to look back and regret sitting silently while the world burns more coal. 

Brisbane is one of the ugly cities says philosopher Alain de Botton via news.com.au

As much as I love and admire you de Botton, this one cut me a little deep! Only because, you know, the political landscape in Brisbane is largely responsible for it’s crap architecture, and now that it’s there we kind of just have to find a way to make do with it. I guess I prefer the positive spin, like, yeah we’re a bit ugly, but hey we have an exciting challenge ahead. An attempt to make mission brown 60’s office buildings look good? I’ll take it. Plus, the city itself might not be so great, but places like Paddington have some of the nicest architecture, history and repurposed buildings in Brisbane. Don’t be too quick to judge A.d.B!

Currently working on:

A typographic work that makes a persuasive argument that appropriation of Indian culture is inherently racist. I chose this because of this horrible and irritating neo-90’s trend whereby white gals wear a bindi. I’m definitely not into it. I’ve chosen to focus almost exclusively on the bindi, but also will reference other things. I really need to close all the bookmarks I have open on my computer that are related to this study, and so I’m going to compile a list of the words I have found that I think are valuable (but I didn’t want to flood my blog with posts about this). Note: some of these are the antithesis of what I am arguing, so keep this in mind if you’re interested in my argument. Also note: these are almost all not academic or scholarly sources because my argument centres very much around the tumblr community and the dichotomy of feelings around cultural appropriation.