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ROANNA MITCHELL: A JANE FONDA PROVOCATION

Roanna Mitchell Presents A Provocation:

How technology makes our body its business: Jane Fonda, leisure, and the embodiment of the good citizen

Thursday, 19th April 2012

 

In this event Roanna Mitchell raises questions about the way our bodies and identities are changed through interacting with technology, and in what ways these technologies are being used to shape us into good citizens. After laying out her provocation, there will be space for discussion of the topic, also in relation to the artwork and personal experiences of the impact of technology on your body: how are you different now, with your Wii and iPad, to how you were way back, watching and handling your first video tape?

 

Uploaded by  on Jun 15, 2011, Source YouTube  License: Standard YouTube License

Abstract:

The entry of video recorders and tapes into households around Britain is commonly associated with the release of Jane Fonda’s Workout video in 1982. This period marks the beginning of a new relationship between technology and the body, leading from VHS exercise videos over game consoles and computers to today’s Wii fit. These technologies are advertised as entertainment and as benefitting our health. But how, really, do these technologies change the ways we experience and perceive our bodies? What political, economic and social agendas can be found underlying their marketing and sale? If communication takes place through the transmitter of the hardware rather than flesh to flesh, where does that leave the body? And how does the meaning of our interaction with these technologies change, when we view them in the context of contemporary politics and notions of the good citizen and society: from Thatcher’s 1982 statement that ‘there is no such thing as society’ to Cameron’s 2011 call for the Big Society: ‘To me, there’s one word at the heart of all this, and that is responsibility’. 

 

 

Visual Art Response by Darren Sperring

Performance Response by Mel Simpson

 

Copyright Mel Simpson

 

 

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