Archive for the ‘Visual Culture’ Category

NBC Blind Spot: A show built on the foundation of a victimized woman

July 30, 2015 2 comments


Thanks NBC, for kind of revolutionizing misogyny by building a whole show around the victimization of the female main character. I like action and thrillers, give me a kung fu film over a chick flick every single day of the week, but I can’t stomach this show’s premise. I have been watching the trailers and commercials with interest and the basis of the plot is deplorable.

The whole foundation of the show is that the Jane Doe main character has been abducted, brainwashed, whole body tattooed, stuffed naked into a duffle bag and left to be found by the authorities in Times Square. She’s a highly intelligent, highly skilled special agent type of character whose origin is unknown. She can shoot and fight hand-to-hand like a total badass, she’s athletic and beautiful, but ultimately she is a victim beneath all of her assets and abilities.

The production values and casting look really enticing to fans of spy, action and thriller storylines. The foundation of the show is rape-y. Really, really rape-y. I wish the show had flipped the roles, had a man get stuffed in a sack and stumble forth naked and clueless with a female agent’s name branded across his back. Ice hockey goalie bags are really big, even male actors can be smaller, and I’m sure someone would fit.

Categories: Visual Culture

Tree Change Dolls artist transforms, improves Bratz dolls

April 6, 2015 1 comment

Artist and mother Sonia Singh of Tree Change Dolls in Australia has made a big impact by recycling and altering Bratz fashion dolls for girls. The hand altered dolls are being hailed as more natural looking and less sexualized than the mass market dolls and I agree. See the short seven minute documentary video on her concepts and process below. She has how-to tutorial videos online that describe her methods and invites others to participate.

“I Am Here” Project

This is a beautiful example of a small change to an environment two students made to bring awareness to a problem.



“I Am Here” is a project started by Chilean college students Violeta Caro Pinda and Felipe Carrasco Guzman, in which they created an ingenious method for making invisible dogs visible (some balloon explanations below).

ORIGINAL: By Felipe Carrasco Guzman. Translation of some of the balloons: “scratch me,” “don’t leave me,” “play with me,” “hug me,” and “don’t leave me”.



Categories: Video, Visual Culture

Forensic Artist Video

This is a short three minute video about personal image concepts and women brought about by Dove as a part of their Campaign For Real Beauty.  I am treating this as a short documentary about an art experiment.  It is very poignant in it’s message and expression.

Categories: Video, Visual Culture

Visual Culture: Dove Advertisement Comparison

February 7, 2013 Leave a comment

This comparison image has the same impact as the Katya Zharkova anorexia in modeling PMM advertising campaign.  I have not been able to find the source of the original publication.  It has gone viral all over the place.  The Dove / Unilever corporation has not responded to any of my questions about the origin of the image.   Were these separate images that were pulled together by a third party?  Did the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty create the combined image and release it, shooting their photograph in imitation of the Victoria Secret advert.  Only god, and maybe a few people in marketing departments, know the truth.


Dove ad comparison 2012

Collected online from Facebook, 2012

Categories: Visual Culture

Uncanny Valley Achieved

Character sculpts from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts of Beavis & Butthead as they would look in real life.  This definitely trips the Uncanny Valley for me.  It also reaffirms an old joke I had with my sister-in law because the likenesses match up: I divorced Beavis, she divorced Butthead.

Categories: Visual Culture

Geek Parody Videos Rule

If anything renews my urge to live, it’s the endless amount of geek internet fan and parody videos available.  People keep upping the production values and the turn around time keeps getting faster.  This is the balance of popular culture shifting in favor of the masses having creative control.  Also, they are hilarious.  Here are three recent favorites that have recently popped up.

Can I get a ROFLcopter now?

Categories: Video, Visual Culture