This project was so hard to do. It was the end of our class time together which is so sad but it’s also THE MOST AWKWARD thing I have ever had to go through but it had to be done. The two readings that identified most with Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and The Urban Bush Women readings
I think the Felix Gonzalez-Torres reading really applied to our project because it talks about the his works more specifically “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) . This piece of Art consisted of 175 pounds of candy that represented the ideal weight of Felix’s lover Ross as viewers see the piece they are encouraged to take a piece of candy to represent his lovers diminishing weight, while he suffered with an AIDS related illness. In our project we asked all of are participants a few questions that mad them very uncomfortable. Each question was molded and shaped around the person we asked and that really made things get awkward. Felix’s piece lovers fit with our project because each person we asked questions to got something out of the experiment. After we were done and I saw one of the participants who lived on my floor she asked me how did my project go and she said even though she was uncomfortable she liked that the questions made her think about things she usually would not think about. Much like Felix’s piece, the uncomfortable nature of our experiment allowed someone to take something from it; just like the piece of candy. The other reading that our experiment made me think of was the Urban Bush women readings because they were all about celebrating some uncomfortable. In a strange way our project did the same thing it highlighted the uncomfortable nature of the questions asked and made people celebrate the fact that some things that we tend not to talk about still need to be discussed. Although the questions were awful we did get a lot of very positive answers. We can celebrate the fact that our generation is moving forward with a fearless and open mind.
Someone I read about that we did not discuss in class was photographer Diana Arbus. Diana is a photographer that celebrates the strange qualities in people and highlights the beauty of them she has said
“Most people go through life dreading they’ll have a traumatic experience. Freaks were born with their trauma. They’ve already passed their test in life. They’re aristocrats”
She decided to celebrate these so called aristocrats because she wanted to force the looker to see things that they would usually turn away from she wanted to accept people to accept people for there flaws. Our experiment reflects her work because we didn’t allow people to run from the questions they had to answer them, they had to care they were in a way forced to look at a car accident, and I believe our participants couldn’t turn away they felt compelled to look.
In our group project. We collectively thought of the questions and concept. I interviewed the participants. I really appreciated this experiment because it opened my eyes to Overall I have really fallen in love with this class we all brough a unique view point to the course and it was the perfect way to being my first semester of collage
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