playing catch-up

Which totally seems my default setting of late.

But!  In my defense, I’ve been learning a bunch of new technology and becoming fluent (or, at least, more frequent) in several nerd-verses that I was only casually familiar with before.

And, I’ve taken on 3/4 of the social media for The Rainbow Hub, so that took up a little time since Google+ doesn’t have a scheduling feature.

Seriously, WTAF, Google?  Put in a freakin’ scheduling feature.  It’s, like, basic.

(I have found several options to ensure that I don’t have to babysit The Hub’s Google+ page, which is woefully underpopulated, and if you Google+, you should follow.)

I AM THE BUSIEST SQUID!

But, I’m okay with that.

I have also–in case y’all have missed my freaking out on other social media platforms (of which there are many)–applied for Dashcon.

But, let last week’s projecTransparency tell you more about that (and semiotics because MOTHERFUCKING SEMIOTICS):

My darling Susi approved of it, and there are few people more difficult to please academically than Susi.

But, yeah, Dashcon.

I know that I applied late, and I probably won’t be accepted because of it, but–OMG–I APPLIED FOR THE ARTIST ALLEY AT A DASHCON.

I feel like every moment not spent doing things for The Hub must-needs be spent doing–something.

THINGS!  STUFF AND THINGS!

ALL THE THINGS!

So–I may still be having a meltdown over the hypothetical.  *hands*

I have, due to really good sales going on, ordered more prints and a freakin’ banner.

That’s right.  A banner.

NO ONE CAN DOUBT MY COMMITMENT TO SPARKLE MOTION.

The prints are a little less pop-y and a little more abstract, so we’ll see how that goes.  A PREVIEW!

     

 

     

     

     

 

So–wide variety is wide.

And, I know some people were waiting for that flying fox, so there y’all go.

Also, very exciting, I HAVE FINALLY FIGURED OUT REDBUBBLE IN WAYS THAT DON’T END WITH ME IN TEARS and, that means, SHIRTS and STICKERS and CASES!  Oh, my!

(Seriously, I think I might have, like, 90% of this part of my artistic life sorted out.  I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO DO, YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND.)

I’m also going to start migrating my projecTransparency videos and my stand-and-stir arting videos (with additional cross-posting!) to their relative Youtube channels here soon.  (I finally figured out how to add channels completely by chance.  I suck so hard.)

Last weird bit of tentacle-made studios news.  I know that there are some people who are wanting me to make a book out of my sketch-a-day series, and I’m thinking about Kickstarter-ing a book(let) fund.  So, that’s something to be looking for in the near future.

*THIS IS THE SOUND THAT MY ANXIETY MAKES*

Courage.

deconstruction: Twilight

NB: This craziness is for my Visual Culture seminar, and I would really appreciate it if y’all would leave critical comments: dis/like Twilight (film and/or novel, the cultural phenomenon), what ya think of the piece, what ya think of the theoretical response(s), should I wear an orange Jayne-hat everywhere I go. Ya know, the general. I even made a poll so that it would be easier! (ETA: Evidently, LJ won’t let you take the poll unless you’re a member, so I’ve attached the poll questions at the end of this note. Have I told y’all how much I love you?)  Also, the images are linked so that you can take a closer look at them if you so please (and I hope you do please!).

deconstruction: Twilight

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Mina Murray’s Response to deconstruction: Twilight


Artist’s Statement:
deconstruction: Twilight is a postmodern, poststructuralist critique of Twilight and, since the novel cannot be separated from the associated media that has grown up around it, its cultural phenomenon, utilizing the fragmented and decontextualized text of the novel to create a sculpture that references not only the text but the semiotic signs and signifiers of cultural, consumptive practices such as tweenster bedroom culture and media obsession. Due to the structure of the sculpture and the continued readability of the text on the sculpture, the text refuses easy (dis)closure and insists that it be read since, in true Derridaian fashion, the most effective way to refute a text is with the text; despite this refutation, the readability of the text does not forcibly require viewers to agree with the work but, rather, to take in the interpretation and decide for themselves.. Additionally, the art tradition of the male gaze, which acts as an artistic ground for the sculpture as well as a cultural ground, is redirected due to the slippage between the sculpture’s gaze and the viewers’ object/abjectification of the masculinized, sexualized, and fetishized text.
Poll Questions Since Livejournal is Mean!:

What do you think of the vampire genre?
  • J’adore!
  • BLECH!
  • ‘Tis okay.
  • Not my cuppa tea.
  • Meh.

What vampire movies (or books) have you seen (or read)?

Are you familiar with Twilight?

  • *stabs eyes out*
  • *draws hearts and Team Edward/Team Jacob diagrams–with hearts*
  • Yes. *eyes warily*
  • Yes! \o/
  • Um, isn’t that that thing that happens every evening when the sun goes down?

Cultural phenomenon surrounding Twilight

  • OMG! The tweensters need to stop with the Twilight obsession!
  • I’m totally for it! I <3 Twilight
  • What is this Twilight of which you speak?
  • I could really care less as long as the tweensters don’t get glitter on me.

If you would be so kind, please explain your answer.

Twilight the novel

  • Like
  • Dislike
  • Hate it with the passion of a thousand suns
  • Luuuuuuurve it with all my little heart
  • Meh

Please explain your answer

Twilight the motion picture

  • Like
  • Dislike
  • Hate it with the passion of a thousand suns
  • Luuuuuuurve it with all my little heart
  • Meh

Please explain your answer.How do you feel deconstruction: Twilight is responding to the culture phenomenon of the Twilight novel and motion picture? Again, if the answer doesn’t fit, please continue it in the comments.

Why do you think that vampires have re-emerged into contemporary visual culture? If there isn’t enough room here, please continue in the comments.