Sunday, January 23, 2011

LV Goes Camp-ing (No Tent Pitching Involved)

I've been putting this post off for awhile and coming back to it because I'm not exactly sure what I mean when I say "camp" or how exactly to define it. What got me going in this direction of exploring camp taste is a quote in the show notes from Marc Jacobs' S/S 2011 show (see it in motion by clicking the link),

“The relation between boredom and camp taste cannot be overestimated. Camp taste is by its nature possible only in affluent societies, societies or circles capable of experiencing psychopathology of affluence.” -Susan Sontag

The notion of subjectivity and taste is what makes "camp" so frustrating. It can occupy oppositional spaces of vulgarity and sophistication simultaneously. Take a closer look at Kristin McMenamy's closing show look at the far right. I think this illustrates the idea of camp tastes deceptive, it very revealing yet elegant at the same time. I might also add that the wall of purses at the new LV Maison in Vancouver is monumentally grotesque and wonderfully covetable as well. Something to think about.

*** All photo credits via STYLE.COM

Upcoming... "Attempts at Understanding Feminist Art" or "Follow Your Gut: Situationist Vancouver(?), "An Artwork Called to Antagonize Me"

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Being Present

I came to this post through an approach to our everyday engagement with interconnectedness. I think it resonates very nicely with the recent popularized work of Marina Abromavic at the Museum of Modern Art working with the concept of "true reality", but I'd like to present it here in a very different context that of speaking and communication. Patsy Rodenburg has been speaking eloquently on this subject for numerous years as it relates to the field of speech and drama most notably in her book The Right to Speak: Working with the Voice (1992) and more recently in her publication The Second Circle: How to Use Positive Energy for Success in Every Situation (2008)

Patsy Rodenburg on being "present"

Broken down I think First Circle is interior, diffident and self conscious while Third is self involved and highly charged. I often times find myself in my enthusiasm imposing my Third Circle energies on others, simply waiting to get my own thoughts out instead of attending to the "now" of the conversation. I think it's important that we be first good listeners before we can become good speakers. Second Circle I believe is the space between indifference and self absorption where we let ourselves connect and appreciate the experience of interaction. Let us all try to inhabit the "presentness" of Second Circle and to continually seek out interconnectedness our relationships in the New Year.

Upcoming... LV Goes Camp-ing (No Tent Pitching Involved)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Blogger Anxiety

In an attempt to fund my growing anxiety about writing/publishing and to provide coming attractions for those of you that are sick of checking this blog and not seeing anything new written. I have included at the end of my posts a coming attractions of "spider loves" that I have been working through. Hopefully this will keep you coming back to check up. They are "and/or"so there's no definite promise of what post will be next just to keep you on your toes. Take care!