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Journal: Wasteland

Watching Wasteland inspired a lot in me, I think, both as an artist and photographer myself, and as someone who wants to reach out to people and to the world around us. (For those of you on here who haven’t seen this documentary, GO WATCH IT)

I think there are a lot of great ideas being thrown around by Vic Muniz, some of which he accomplishes, and some that he doesn’t, but I think he helps bring a community together, and helps bring more awareness to them. 

I would really love to look at his original photographs and see what he captures of these people in those. He’s talking to them about their passions and their lives, and it brings out so much of who they are that those are the pieces I want to see!

I think the documentary is the most truthful part of the whole process, because it really brings a new light on these people and the work that they are doing. It’s not just about creating something but also about getting others involved and showing what it is like in this part of the world for these people. 

I think the layers here mean a lot, they establish relationships and create many things besides art. But at the same time it is hard to know what audience you are reaching and what the real reasons are, no matter how good the intentions, behind what you are doing. 

Representation

Representation is something that gets talked about a lot in art. 

"The artist is representing here…" How do we know what the artist is representing without asking the artists themselves?

Representation is a tricky thing. It’s about pulling pieces of things from other places and putting them together in a new light. As an actor I can represent my version of Juliet onstage, but it isn’t Shakespeare’s original envisioning, it’s my own invention. But in then end, they are his words. 

We change what others have given us and show them something different in return, we give them a little slice of how we see the world, of how we ourselves represent it.

Journal: Structure

Structure makes me think of hierarchies. Of how we build up our society and create rules for ourselves. As human beings we need a structured environment to sustain us. Without rules we cannot function and descend into chaos.
Our lives function around these goals and creations. We follow or break rules, which can thrill and scare us. But that structure has to be there to break.
We see structure spanned across cultures and continents. We all function differently within our given societies but as human beings we all function along the same general basis. A set of rules.

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