Reflections Mod2 Week6

Some of what we were introduced to this week went into greater depth of theory I had been aware of from previous study. In particular how an image can be read or mis-read through cultural or historical differences. How we read the world through cultural myths that we have been conditioned with via photography and film. Continue reading

John Waiblinger

All the Creative Potentialities within “The Mask”

“Certainly “The Mask” is a very familiar and intimate concept for any Queer boy or man negotiating the terrain of the heteronormative, homophobic  world into which we are thrust. This use of “The Mask” as a tool to pass as normative, in a world that threatens us with social disapproval and even physical violence, becomes a mechanism for survival. Yet this seemingly repressive act of hiding of the self, also contains the germs of great creativity – after all building this mask for one who finds himself outside the tropes of standard masculinity and heterosexual desire requires a significant amount of creative performance. Continue reading