Self-Fashioning in the Age of Social Media
With Edward Akintola Hubbard, Kyra Gaunt and Marijke De Roover
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
Panel discussion //
In virtual environments we pose, make selfies and carefully choose how to present ourselves. The rise of image-driven social media and dating platforms like Instagram, Tinder and Grindr has led to a culture of personalised visual aesthetics. Ordinary people worldwide have the chance to curate their own bodies, hair, fashion and locations for various uses – whether commercial or non-commercial. The self has become the main protagonist in a new industry of stories and galleries. How do these developments challenge our traditional ideas about what ‘art’ is? How are sex, sensuality and normativity expressed and contested on these platforms? What new genres and radical approaches to self-presentation are we witnessing? Are the stakes involved in personal visibility the same for everyone?
We talk about these issues with Edward Akintola Hubbard, Kyra Gaunt and Marijke De Roover. Edward Akintola Hubbard is assistant professor at the University of Utrecht, researching pop culture. Previously, he designed and taught courses at Harvard and New York universities on media and globalisation, avant-garde aesthetics, cinema, queer studies, urban arts and experimental etnography. Kyra Gaunt is an ‘ethnomusicologist’ and social media researcher working as an Assistant Professor at the University at Albany. She examines issues of gender and race in online platforms – from YouTube to Wikipedia. Marijke De Roover is an artists who makes ample use of the visual languages of social media. During the festival she is also presenting two performances (Live, Laugh, Limerence as part of the opening programme and The Eggcellent Adventures of Marijke De Roover / Part 1: A Womb of One’s Own on Saturday evening) and her work is part of the Modern Love exhibition at the IMPAKT Centre and the Centraal Museum.
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EDWARD AKINTOLA HUBBARD― Speaker
Edward Akintola (Akin) Hubbard’s scholarly interests are in pop culture, creative economies and ecologies, cultural entrepreneurship, creolization and creole expressive forms, gothic and carnivalesque aesthetics, gender and sexuality, cultural globalization, and the intersection of ethnographic and artistic practice. He holds a BA in Mass Communication from the University of the West Indies, an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University. Before coming to Universiteit Utrecht in 2015, he designed and taught courses at Harvard and New York Universities on media and globalization, avant-garde aesthetics, cinema, queer studies and ethnographic methods. His courses merge the study of cultural texts, mediascapes and ethnographic data, bringing perspectives on fine arts, music, film, media and literature into dialogue with cultural theory and globalization studies.
Marijke De Roover― Speaker
Marijke De Roover (Brussels, BE) is a part-time professional karaoke singer and meme connoisseur, yet currently known mostly for her queer/feminist performance work. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from KASK School of Arts, Ghent (BE) where she was nominated for the Start Point Prize, Prague (CZ). In her artworks, she deals with questions regarding the nuclear family, feminism/motherhood, ethics of reproduction, and love, romance and compulsory heteronormativity under late capitalism. In 2020 she had her first institutional solo at Museum de Pont in Tilburg (NE). Her work has been shown at among others: Museum fur Neue Kunst, Freiburg (DE), David Roberts Art Foundation (Evening of Performance), London (UK), Garage Rotterdam (NL), Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL), Garage, Moscow (RU), BOZAR, Brussels (BE), ARCADE, London (UK), MABA, Nogent-sur-Marne (FR), Goethe Institute, Dusseldorf (DE), Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (DE).