Archive for August, 2010

August 31, 2010

Progress!

Oh, wow! What a day!

I met with my co-supervisor Ingvil today. We set up an appointment last week, because I really needed some help figuring out what I actually want to do! I was also to write a draft for the research/project proposal by Friday at noon. So, ideally, I’d talk to Ingvil before then, but she is super-super-busy. I did write something, but after the talk we had today, not much of it is relevant anymore. Also, she did all the talking, more or less, but it really helped, and from what I had written (which had been forwarded to her from the institute), she managed to read what I wanted to do, even though I had been unsuccessful in “writing it out”.

I’ve got a big brain storming map now… I won’t even bother to scan it or anything (and it’s not like you’d get much out of it), but it goes something like this.

  • The Cyborg
    • SF’s “hybrid”, but Caprica uses it in a new way
  • Mind-body
    • Projection
      • Avatar – what does that mean? –> Maybe use video game terminology? –> Real world even though it is not. –> Everyone is in everyone’s “fantasy” (through Holobands). The “game” does not control them, they control the “game”, creating it. –> Crossing borders –> Cyborg (also crosses borders)
  • Zoe + Tamara
    • Feeling of otherness
      • “Bringing them back to life” is not a process of othering, but “oneing”. It is the girls themselves who feel “Other”
        • Tamara is not perceived Other. She is the Ideal, free from the troubles of the world
  • Existence without a body??
    • The Ghost in the Machine
      • The Cyborg-metaphor can be used as an example of physical vs. non-physical.
        • What constitutes their existence?
        • Why create Avatars?
        • Write the plotline.
          • What happens when the girls are “brought back to life”? How can we understand what happens?
  • Film theory: a “movie within the movie”
    • Be aware there are several layers (kind of like Inception). Writing the plotline can be a good way to keep track of which layer I’m in.
    • Film theory on avatars?
  • The Graystones at the talk show.
    • V-world as a parallel world not meant to be parallel. Escape from reality.
  • Representation studies.
    • A TV-show expresses something. Caprica expresses several things, politics, philosophy, religion, etc.
      • The expression is an expression for something else, something that carries meaning
        • How does Caprica express mind-body, technology, escape from reality? What are the effects? What are the consequences?
          • What happens to the avatar term when Tamara’s body doesn’t exist someplace else?

So, now I have to get to work. Tomorrow I’ll be re-reading Haraway’s manifesto, with all this is mind. I expressed that I felt Haraway is very much about the body, and the here and now, and the characters doesn’t really have bodies at all. Ingvil told me to re-read and make a note where I feel there’s something “missing”.

I’ll also see if I get through Braidotti and some of her Nomadic Subjects (not existing at one place at all time, ref. back to the last bullet point).

I have to have my proposal ready by the 15th, when I’ll send it to my main supervisor for approval (hopefully). I’ve set up another appointment with Ingvil at the end of October and she wants me to write the plotline before then and send it to her. But, if I find that something else is so much more exciting, I’ll write about that instead…

You’re a hero for reading all this!

Also, maybe this blog should be renamed??

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August 19, 2010

Splice?

We went to see  Splice last weekend. At first I didn’t think much of it, but a few days later, it hits me how much the movie contains! Human-animal hybrid, gender patterned parenting, gender dualism, fear of the unknown, fear of intersex, heteronormativity!

I am considering “switching”, but still, something is holding me back.  I’d love some comments on this, although I realize it’s hard to comment on such a thing.

August 18, 2010

Stuck

Summer is well and truly over. The semester started on Monday, and I should be well on my way on the road to my dissertation. But I’m not. It’s time for me to really get thinking, finding out exactly what it is I’m interested in.

I’ve been reading back over the blog posts on my master’s degree over at LiveJournal, and I came across the one where I first described my project. It’s exciting to read it now, so many months later, but discouraging at the same time, since I feel I am nowhere close to start reading the necessary theory. I still have to find my research question.

But, I’ll be posting the LiveJournal post here. Maybe someone will notice the same excitment I seemed to be radiating 😉

4th-Feb-2010 07:50 pm – Topic chosen: The gendered hybrid
Oh, yeah, did I say that I figures out what my master thesis will be on yesterday? I didn’t? Maybe because I was busy relaxing and letting the weight off my shoulders.

In two of my classes we have Soja as the primary theorist, and his work with Lefebvre and their theories of thirding and moving away from dualisms, combined with hybridity got me thinking about the hybrids in Battlestar Galactica and Caprica. This thought has been spinning in my head for a few weeks and I finally worked myself up to talking to Ingvil about it yesterday, and she loved the idea! I think it will be on hybridity in those series from a presentation perspective; it’s interesting how the hybrids are presented in female bodies. Cue connection to Beauvoir and woman as The Other, or, in this case, as Thirding-as-Othering.

Wenche also liked the idea. Not sure who fits the best to be my supervisor, but I really hope I can get Ingvil to be co-supervisor at least, since she works with science fiction as well, and she’s the one who got me on this path in the first place.