Autobiography and self-portrait as resistive form in queer moving-image

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Date created: 
2007
Keywords: 
Queer cinema
DIY moving-image
Feminist self-representation
Experimental film and video
Queer
DIY
Self-portrait
Autobiography
Film
Video
Abstract: 

This paper accompanies a multiple projection moving-image. It examines the subversive representations of unfixed queer identity in DIY (do-it-yourself) autobiography and self-portrait. In the fictional telling of a fairy who leaves home to find others like herself, the narrative references journey myths from popular culture, religion, literature, and theatre. A post-modern pastiche that plays between reality and fantasy, the artist uses herself as subject and her body as object to represent the multiple personalities existing in one queer changing body. The form is an experiment in mutable cinema – one that moves between parodying mainstream narrative, drawing from expanded cinema, video art, handmade filmmaking and animation – to create a queer changing art form. The paper discusses how self-representation, -production, and -distribution gives queer feminist women the agency as resistive subjects to create personal myths of an unfixed, denormalized, identity.

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Language: 
English
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
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Department: 
School for the Contemporary Arts - Simon Fraser University
Thesis type: 
Project (M.F.A.)
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