This thesis began as an artistic investigation into the politics of
identity and sex/sexuality. The main ideas that run throughout this
exegesis position themselves within Nicolas Bourriaud’s ideas in the
book Postproduction, and also around a parafeminist ideology. Within
this I focus on popular music culture, the body, video and
performance art, and visual representations of the body. I pay
particular attention to the female body, and look into ideas of
conventional social norms and how people challenge these.
I look into the work of several female artists who deal with the
visual representation, and also look at figures within popular music
culture. Within band culture I look into how the band can be used as
a vehicle to disseminate ideas wider audience. Art and music culture
have fed off of each other for generations and can provide valuable
strategies within each context for thinking beyond social norms.
The remix can be used as a tactic to decode forms and narratives in
popular culture. This can be used to investigate representations of
identity within a space that is in a constant state of flux. This is
particularly useful as a parafeminist strategy because it allows a
context in which to question, rather than answer.
As a result of this study I have found that there are no concrete
answers when it comes to identity and sexuality, but can conclude
that conventional gender representations and signifiers of identity
can be remixed into different scenarios and narratives that can
challenge social norms.