Sunday, 21 February 2010

The Body as a Site etc - My Interpretation

I'm rather confused by this project - I can't work out whether it is about the actual body, or the culture? Is it about culture in general or is it meant to be about us personally and our own culture?

Ranjana's lecture was very good and there were several things she said that I was particularly interested in: Where do we fit in? What does it mean to be an individual? Who are we? What do I have to do with anyone else? She also pointed out that Yoruba culture recognises that we are pulled in many ways as individuals: by society, by families, our self etc.

This made me think of one of the exercises that I use on one of my training courses, one which asks people to identify the many roles they play in life: mother, wife, daughter, grand-daughter, aunt, friend, lover, employee, boss etc, etc. It points out that these are all roles we play and that each one of them comes with their own priorities, responsibilities, stresses etc. All of this takes me back to my idea for the 'work' part of this project which is that we are all a sum of these various parts.

Back to the research though!

I've looked at the majority of the artists on the list and I'm struggling to understand why some of them are on it - I think it's perhaps going back to the difficulty I'm having with understanding this brief.

However, I've decided that I should stick to what interests me particularly and that is the discovery of self - of who we are. It follows on nicely from the 'Layers of Loss' project and is something that I have been working on since my separation 4 years ago - trying to find out who I am as an individual instead of one half of a long-term partnership!


abzinthia said...

Who are the artists on the list?

M-J Archibald said...

Will give you a copy, there are lots! Some are very interesting but as I say, I'm struggling to understand why some of the others are on the list. Did mention it to Ranjana who said that it may not be obvious on first look, but as I delve a bit deeper into the project, they may become more relevant.

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