Self-surveillance: performing the plurality of my feminine experience of self

van Beek, P 2018, Self-surveillance: performing the plurality of my feminine experience of self, Masters by Research, Art, RMIT University.


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Title Self-surveillance: performing the plurality of my feminine experience of self
Author(s) van Beek, P
Year 2018
Abstract Self-Surveillance is a practice-led research project engaged with creating performative video installation artworks that question and complicate representations of female subjectivity. The research process encompassed the generation of original artistic material and an inquiry into an expanded performance practice. My research is contextualised with reference to 1970s feminist identity art practices and social media sites that provide a platform for both an emergent fourth-wave feminism and contemporary selfie culture. These sites facilitate self-representation and the presentation of diverse digital identities. The way women have been depicted in visual culture has historically set cultural templates that allow or restrict women’s access to social visibility. I use social theorist Andrea Brighenti’s (2007, 2010) models of visibility: recognition, control and spectacle as a framework to explore self-surveillance in relation to my own and other artists’ identity-based works.

The main aims of the research were to establish a solo practice and create performative artworks that made visible aspects of my lived experience. The research was driven by an inquiry into the ways an expanded performance practice could capture the plurality of a feminine experience of self. Through a comparative analysis of my own and others’ artworks, I have interrogated how performance strategies can subvert reductionist readings of feminine experience in contemporary selfie culture. I have brought together technical considerations of form with content related to plural feminine subjectivity. I have created original selfie-inspired artworks that present my plural point of view and act as both a celebration and a critique of self-representation online.
Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Art
Subjects Performance and Installation Art
Visual Cultures
Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Keyword(s) female subjectivity
selfie culture
visibility
feminist performance
self-surveillance
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