237.130_A2_W4_Task 4c_Visual Analysis


Man Ray. Marcel Duchamp as Rrose Sèlavy. Digital image. Philadelphia Museum of Art. N.p., 1920. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

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237.130_A2_W4_Task 4B_Image selection


Kardashian, Kim. Selfish. Digital image. All The Right. N.p., 2014. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

“Selfish” a book of selfies authored by Kim Kardashian. Assuming it features her best work, Kardashian highlights Mirzoeff’s performance of the “celebrity selfie” for a digital circle to maintain and expand her popularity and fame. She represents herself in a light that supports the outdated but standard conventions of beauty, in an effort to gain the desired response of being deemed beautiful.

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237.130_A2_W4_Task 4A_Video review

After watching Martin Scorsese and Toledo Museum’s videos i gained in-depth knowledge on how visual literacy affects us and how important it is. Scorsese focused mainly on image in film highlighting the skill set needed to understand the visual items we see, Toledo Museum underlined how comprehension of visual literacy promotes thoughtful responses and interpretations, as well just how crucial critical thinking is to the process. Toledo Museum presented multiple perspectives of what visual literacy is rather than just one. This video intrigued me with its dynamic soundtrack and aesthetically pleasing look. However, it engaged me the most with its approach to the process of seeing something to committing it to memory and then to the process of critical thinking resulting in the accumulation of knowledge – “it’s only critical when you take the time to process the engagement”. Visual literacy is to explore, understand and be mindful of other people’s interpretations.

“Visual literacy and critical thinking go hand in hand”. 

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237.130_A2_W4_Task 3G_Glossary

Self portrait

The self-portrait is essentially an expressive picture that portrays the artist. Traditionally painted, it’s associated with power, wealth, and class. Understanding the context of the self-portrait is key, often the subject matter is a reflection of character and identity. The contemporary “selfie” is associated to the classic self-portrait.


Postmodernism is the departure from modernism, it opposes the “new”. Previous artistic styles and conventions are used in the creation of collage-like art, it merges subject with object, the self, and other creating cultural hybrids. During this era “the artist was no longer a hero” Mirzoeff 49, art had no guidelines nor requirements.

“female masculinity”

Female masculinity directly translates to masculinity without men. Mirzoeff refers to the diverse gender spectrum in relation to how gender is determined by visual appearance rather than genetics. Halberstam claims some women identify with it as a “cultural meaning of their bodies” 1998, Mirzoeff 59.

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237.130_A2_W4_Task 3F_Topic Knowledge

  • Social media takeover leading to a lack of real life communication
  • Unobtainable beauty standards – celebrity selfies
  • Perception – the fakeness and concealments in selfies
  • Oversharing, the dangers of networking
  • Loss of culture – in a westernised world other cultures are often forgotten and diminished
  • Raising awareness of gender, race, sex, and class
  • Selfie as a mean of change and expression – breaking the conventional
  • Mental illnesses through the comparison of selfies
  • Visual media sharing creates a place of judgements and presumptions
  • Obsession with the physical self -> looks
  • The age technology and the selfie are introduced – are kids missing out on their childhood because of the iPhone, iPad etc.
  • Is the selfie still art – anyone with a camera can produce it
237.130_A2_W4_Task 3F_Topic Knowledge

237.130_A2_W4_Task 3E_Resources

Before the Selfie, the Self-Portrait – by Alicia Eler.  August 5, 2013. http://hyperallergic.com/76218/before-the-selfie-the-self-portrait/

Alicia Eler is a critic, culture journalist and writer. Her work has featured in New York magazine, the Washington Post, Psychology Today, Gigaom, and Colorlines. Her article compares the contemporary selfie and the traditional self-portrait, it is informative as she refers to well known self-portrait artists such as Man Ray, Frida Kahlo, Gustave Courbet, Francisco de Goya, and Marie-Denise Villers and provides a break down of the context they were created in.

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