Archive for the ‘Celebrity’ Category

“Roddy McDowall Meets Rene Descartes [c. 1640]” (Dick Whyte and Robyn E. Kenealy, 2006)

Monday, December 11th, 2006

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Written by Dick Whyte, illustrated by Robyn Kenealy (author of the wonderful comic biography Roddy’s Film Companion). Part of a series of comics in which Roddy McDowall meets various philosophers. First published in the Wellington comics anthology Bristle #9 (edited by Brent Willis).

“Robyn E. Kenealy and Dick Whyte’s series of riffs on imagined meetings between various philosophers and cheerfully irreverent actor Roddy McDowall are particularly effective.” (Grant Buist, review of Bristle #9)

“I will suppose, then, that everything I see is fictitious. I will believe that my memory tells me nothing but lies. I have no senses. Body, shape, extension, movement and place are illusions. So what remains true? Perhaps just the one fact that nothing is certain!” (Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy)

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“Roddy McDowall Meets Thales [c. 585 B.C.]” (Dick Whyte and Robyn E. Kenealy, 2006)

Saturday, December 16th, 2006

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Written by Dick Whyte, illustrated by Robyn Kenealy (author of the wonderful comic biography Roddy’s Film Companion). Part of a series of comics in which Roddy McDowall meets various philosophers. First published in Wellington comics anthology Bristle #9 (edited by Brent Willis).

“Most of the first philosophers thought that principles in the form of matter were the only principles of all things. For they say that the element and first principle of the things that exist is that from which they all are and from which they first come into being… But as to the number and form of this sort of principle, they do not all agree. Thales, the founder of this kind of philosophy, says that it is water… He perhaps came to acquire this belief from seeing that the nourishment of everything is moist and that heat itself comes from this.” (Aristotle, Metaphysics)

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“Roddy McDowall Meets Gottfried Leibniz [c. 1710]” (Dick Whyte and Robyn Kenealy, 2006)

Monday, December 25th, 2006

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Written by Dick Whyte, illustrated by Robyn Kenealy (author of the wonderful comic biography Roddy’s Film Companion). Part of a series of comics in which Roddy McDowall meets various philosophers. First published in Wellington comics anthology Bristle #9 (edited by Brent Willis).

“I am convinced that the unwritten knowledge scattered among people of different callings surpasses in quantity and in importance anything we find in books, and that the greater part of our wealth has yet to be recorded.” (Gottfried Leibniz)

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“Rihanna – Black Like Me” (Digital Screencap, 2010, with Robyn Kenealy)

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

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“Rest at pale evening… A tall slim tree… Night coming tenderly, black like me.” (Langston Hughes, Dream Variations)

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Unedited screencaps from the game “Rihanna Makeover” on Girl Games, one of the leading online gaming sites for young girls. Black Like Me is a collaboration with Robyn Kenealy, an artist currently working on a Roddy McDowall biography comic and a Battlestar Galactica fanfiction novel.

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“Rihanna – Dark Like Me” (Digital Screencap, 2010, with Robyn Kenealy)

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

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“To fling my arms wide in some place of the sun, to whirl and to dance till the white day is done. Then rest at cool evening beneath a tall tree, while night comes on gently, dark like me —” (Langston Hughes, Dream Variations)

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Unedited screencaps from the game “Rihanna Makeover” on Girl Games, one of the leading online gaming sites for young girls. Dark Like Me is a collaboration with Robyn Kenealy, an artist currently working on a Roddy McDowall biography comic and a Battlestar Galactica fanfiction novel.

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“Britney Spears – Born To Make You Happy” (Animated GIF, 2010)

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

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Animated GIFs made out of unedited screencaps from the game “Britney Spears Date Dressup” on Girl Games, one of the leading online gaming websites for young girls, dominated by dress-up, cooking and decorating games.

“The construction of children’s gendered identities cannot be fully understood without acknowledging  how the dominant discourses of femininity and masculinity are heteronormalized in children’s everyday lives. That is, through the process of gendering children are constructed as heterosexual beings.” (Robinson, in Kerry Robinson and Cristyn Davies, Tomboys and Sissy Girls: Young Girls’ Negotiations of Femininity and Masculinity)

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“Britney Spears – I’m A Slave 4 U” (Animated GIF, 2010)

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

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One of two works exploring Britney Spears shaving her head and its relation to gender. Animated GIF made out of unedited screencaps from the game “Britney Spears Makeover” on Girl Games, one of the leading online gaming websites for young girls, dominated by dress-up, cooking and decorating games.

“I suspect that the day Britney Spears shaved her own hair off represented a kind of Sartrean or Socratic argument (rather than, say, a nervous breakdown). She was, in effect, by the use of appearance, shrewdly de-mythifying beauty. The hair lies on the floor, “inexplicably faded” (Sartre), and the conventional notion of femininity likewise.” (Andy Martin, The Phenomenology of Ugly)

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“Katherine Heigl – 27 Dresses” (Animated GIF, 2010)

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

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Animated GIF made out of unedited screencaps from the game “Katherine Heigl Dressup” on Girl Games, one of the leading online gaming websites for young girls, “the best place to play games made just for girls! Girl Games has only the most fun puzzle, cooking, action, sport, decorating and dressup games online!”

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“MEND” (Tao Wells and Dick Whyte, Supercomposition, 2010)

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

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The concept is simple, take two bands which are characterized as opposed (culturally, personally, ideologically) and superimpose a song from each band on top of one other (mending the rift). Concept developed by Tao Wells and myself one weekend in New Plymouth and eventually spawned my Britney Spears Best of Noise solo project.

These are not ‘remixes’, though we are interested in their relation to remixing. We have simply laid two songs on top of each other (a rhizome, a remedy) in the hope that there will be moments of connection between the layers. The points at which these two layers touch (caress) offer moments of “mending.” While mixing makes use of the cut, mending makes use of care.

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“Paris Hilton – After The Bath” (Digital Paintings, 2010)

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

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Part of a series of works superimposing still images from Paris Hilton’s ‘bath’ video (which has commonly been labelled a ‘sex tape’) over top of classical paintings of women bathing. See more from this series.

“Historically, the bending-bather pose goes as far back as Raphael’s tapestry cartoon. As a bodily trope, the bending single female bather traces it ancestry to Rembrandt’s A Woman Bathing in a Stream of 1654-1656 in the Nation Gallery, London… It may owe its longevity as a pose at least in part to the challenge it presents to the skill of the artist in terms of foreshortening. The bending-bather pose is picked up in the nineteenth century, outdoors, in the bending-bather figure of in Manet’s Le Bain/Dejeuner. And in the Twentieth [Century], it is spectacularly reworked by Picasso in his endlessly inventive series of grotesque variations on Le Dejeuner, which to me, at least, owe as much to Degas’ bathers as to Manet’s. Yet, while such tracing of the motif tells us about its long-term endurance and the challenge it offers to succeeding generations of artists (head low, long expanse of back, foreshortened view), it does not help us with the more difficult task of interpreting this image, of accounting for its vividness and seductive complexity…” (LInda Nochlin, Bathers, Bodies, Beauty: The Visceral Eye)

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