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Violence, Sexuality, and the
Innocence of Childlike Dependency
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Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture: in right-hand column.
The new exhibit at the Japan Society in New York brings to mind lots of what we've been talking about lately. Yoshitomo Nara is one of the young Japanese Neo Pop artists whose work I happen to be very fond of. But I couldn't explain it as Murakami does according to Roberta Smith's review. Her recent article in the New York Times on the Japan Society Exhibit, "Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture, " helped me realize why I liked Nara's work. He's still my favorite of this group of artists, thought not the best known. His work is a little like David Lynch's movies for me, I don't understand them, but I "get it," I react with feeling, "Yeah, that's how it feels, that's what it's like." But I couldn't put it into words. Roberta Smith's review in the NY Times helped put it into words.
Now I'd like for you to try to "get it." How does the innocence of childlike dependency mingle with sexuality and violence all around us? What about the "darker" side of things that appear innocent and, in fact, in some ways, are? Is there a light side without a corresponding darker side? How did "Mean Girls" happen? Why did "Mean Girls" happen? Why does bullying happen? How does all of that relate to our national values and culture?
Please check out My World on April 8, 2005 for more suggestions for discussion. jeanne
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Current Discussion Topics: Learning Records for Spring 2005 Adding slowly to learning records from messages on transformdom. sorry for delay. This will take a while, but if you'll send me your messages numbers, it will help me get it up faster. Please be patient with me. I'm retired this semester. jeanne Learning Records with Grades for Spring 2005 I'm trying to set up a record sheet that will let you know that I have adequate material on learning records to justify your grade. If I put up a B that may just mean I need more material, not that there was something wrong with what you submitted. I'm including brief comments. Mostly today, I just set up a template for doing this. If you've got a message on transform_dom that would you would like me to use for grade evidence, just send me the message no. at jeanne. Otherwise, I'll just keep going through the transform_dom discussions in reverse chronological order. jeanne Instructions page for joining transform_dom and transspanArtist in Japanese Neo Pop movement with cartoons and animation (anime). jeanne has lots of Nara's books on the little girl with a quirky look and a knife in her hand, and the innocent little puppy.
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Famous People and Concepts We Should Have Heard Of, But Often Haven't.
People"a bit like a combination of Jackson Pollock, the chief innovator, and Clement Greenberg, the chief explicator, of Abstract Expressionism. He was one of the first Japanese Neo Pop artists to break the ice in terms of recycling Japanese popular culture. Then, in Mr. Murakami's work, writings and the exhibitions he organized, Neo Pop mutated into the more historically conscious Superflat style, which embraces the emphasis on surface decorations and patterns indigenous to Japanese visual traditions. With "Little Boy," the final show in Mr. Murakami's "Superflat Trilogy," which Japan Society has organized with the Public Art Fund, things become even more elaborate because psychology is introduced.
"The show is a sociological argument made with visual evidence, but because this evidence comes from one of the world's most aesthetically sophisticated and refined cultures, it packs a tremendous visual punch. At times one can do nothing more than hang on for the ride. . . "
- Yoshitomo Nara
otaku- "youth-driven phenomenon of otaku (roughly translated as “geek culture” or “pop cult fanaticism”. ( from Publisher's review of "Little Boy" catalog on Amazon.com of "Little Boy".) In Roberta Smith's NY Times article she describes otaku as:" . . . a darker subculture called otaku (nerd or geek is the nearest translation) . . . "Otaku are nihilistic misfits known for their obsession with nuclear catastrophe, monster films, science-fiction anime and manga, and what might be called an inappropriate fixation on schoolgirls." Backup of Backup of From a Mushroom Cloud, a Burst of Art Reflecting Japan's Psyche "Little Boy"- the nickname given to the atomic bomb we dropped on Hiroshima. interpretation and its relationship to knowledge - in order to "know" we must either interpret what our senses have told us, or accept the interpretation of someone else whose interpretations we trust. Either way we do not manage to get around interpretation. Here we encounter existentialism. More on that later.
Jeanne's Lectures for Spring 2005
- Fall 2004 Lectures in Chronological Order
- Winter Break 2005 Lectures in Chronological Order
- Spring 2005 Lectures in Chronological Order
- Me, Too. Where's Mine? My World on April 11, 2005 For goodness' sakes please read what I'm trying to do with the grades. I can only go so fast. I know you want your grades. That's why I'm trying to build these templates to get them to you. jeanne
- jeanne's world on April 11, 2005Responded to Jason on Clear Channel and censorship for Pay TV.
- jeanne's world on April 10, 2005 More on God Is Dead - NOT and Murakami's "Little Boy"
- jeanne's world on April 9, 2005 On interpretation and religion.
- jeanne's world on April 8, 2005 Please read for continuing discussion on rappers and values and the young. jeanne
- jeanne's world on April 7, 2005. News about putting up grades for independent study. Don't miss it. jeanne
- Jeanne's daily blog I'm following Armando Garcia's suggestion and adding to my lectures a daily blog on my responses to current events and my need to tie them into our theory and discussions. First entry: April 6, 2005. Format for the file is jblog for jeanne's blog, then day, month, year with two digits each. So today's blog is jblog060405 for April 6, 2005.
- Global Week of Action April 10 - 16, 2005. Setting the people's agenda. " We are all calling for Trade Justice not Free Trade" I said in yesterday's blog " International trade and labor force issues in a later semester, though I keep thinking I've retired." Well, yes, I have sort of retired, but present social issues don't go away. This would be a good reference point for those of you who share my concerns over trade and the trade deficit. This came to my attention through the sculptor, Jens Galschiot. My art world ties. More soon. jeanne
- Laryl Hancock Photography A Gallery on the Internet that I came across while following the Arizona flag on which the cross appeared. Urban Legends linked to this gallery, saying there were more photos here of the flag in question. But the home page wasn't much help, so I clicke on the [slideshow] in the upper right corner. Did find one photo, but there are 800 there. I don't have time to play, but I find her photographs lovely. Might be worth a look see when you've got a little spare time. Her photos make me want to go ff and strat painting. Enjoy. Added April 11, 2005.
- By Tifenn Python for the LA Times on front page of Calendar, April 3, 2005.
Background modified by jeanne in accord with what she was seeing. April 3, 2005
The coloring and the bars on the clothing that substitute for the prison bars struck me as powerful and perhsps able to stimulate considerable discussion on incarceration.
Could we interpret this painting for the Dark Side of Innocence?
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Syllabus for Independent Study: Religion as a Present Social Issue January 30, 2005.
Learning Records from Spring 2005 Just started, on the basis of transform_dom discussions. This will take a while. I didn't work on learning records with all the confusion at home this week. Will get back to it shortly. jeanne
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Preparing for Graduate Study:
- Test Prep Preview Joshua L. Stewart, recommended this site because it has free practice tests. If you're thinking of taking the GRE, the LAST, or any other graduate entry test, this might be a good place to gather some early information. Joshua suggested it for Praxis Practice, but a quick first look suggests they don't mean by praxis what we do. Check it out, anyway, if you have some spare time. jeanne
- Resource Literacy
- Urban Legends Reference Pages. They post rumors and scams and phony e-mails circulating, to offer you a quick check. It worked for me. I entered "Fat Boy" as a google seacrch, and when I saw the Snopes.com link, I knew it would help, and it did. To not check your sources is as grievous as to plagiarize someone else's information and writing. the-artists.org Good quick reference site with many of the artists, art schools, and visual approaches to present social issue that we discuss. Added April 8, 2005.
- Plagiarism Watch www.streetgangs.com site. The intelligent and effective use of resources means that you have to be careful not to plagiarize other people's material. We have several files on plagiarism, but I think the one that might make the most sense to you is this complaint on streetgangs.com. They give you samples of sites that have taken their material without citation, even at colleges, and they also give you examples of sites that have used their material with proper attribution. I find the irony poetic, and hope that their message will get through to you the importance of attribution. Dr. O'Connor on his Mega Criminal Justice site led me to streetgangs.com and noted that others frequently hack into the site. For that reason I have created a backup copy for your use in case you cannot access the actual site. Please be sure to attribute any citation to streetgangs.com. jeanne Backup.
Using Academic Language Effectively
Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:
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- Letters of Recommendation: How to get me to respond to your request. Many of you need letters. If you will follow this format, I can do them quickly and make them good.
- Dog Letters If you do not give me adequate information, but do manage to get my attention, you may end up with a dog letter. That is a letter that says that you work well with people, that you are enthusiastic, that you persist at getting things done, and that everyone likes you. Of course, my dog gets along well with people, brings his ball to them, is enthusiastic, and persists at getting them to take his ball. Everyone likes my dog. That's a dog letter. It's so general it could be about my dog. jeanne
- Career Options You Might Not Have Considered
- visual media and their interdependence with other means of knowing to understand that we are not totally rational creatures deciding things apart from our feelings and values. Wolfowitz (new President of the World Bank to aid developing countries AND principle advocate of the Iraq War) might feel very differently when he is exposed to visual and aural images of the poor developing countries that have not before been his primary concern. So we want to know how best to present those developing countries visually. And we might find that we can have a career doing that sort of thing, so it does reflect on us as individuals. Added April 2, 2005.
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