Author: mirellelupovici

Bodies in Space- Final Project: Creative Component

The Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal 

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The Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal is one of Montreal’s most notable and touristic viewed buildings within the city. By the means of research and experiencing the space first hand, we attempted to re-create The Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal as a more welcoming space in which all bodies can be welcomed to equally. When analyzing the space, it becomes evident that the historical, social, political, and cultural contexts play a vital role in the lack of bodies that may chose to enter the space.

IMG_6112 2We were inspired to recreate both the exterior and interior of the church to be able to display it as a space that welcomes all bodies at the same time. We aimed to recreate this space by making a collage, using found images of different bodies and placing them onto larger images of the outside and inside of the church. Our creative component is best suited to demonstrate our argument because it displays a clear indication that we aimed to both challenge the reality of what the space represents and it shows the process of its transformation to represent a space where all bodies can be welcomed too.

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By: Ashley Plescia & Mirelle Lupovici

Blog Post 3- Space & Bodies Online, #Free The Nipple.

The Internet has produced a new space for images of bodies, especially for overly exposed images of female bodies, which are being banded from spaces such as social networking sites for showing too much nudity. Social networks such as Instagram have been known for having strict restrictions for any inappropriate images that leak major nudity or display women’s nipples.

Recently there has been an up rise in discussion around the Free The Nipple protest within online social media. The Free The Nipple protest is aiming to allow the acceptance of women’s rights to expose their femininity freely within the web. They are constantly challenging online networks such as Instagram, to allow images of female nipples to be shown without any restrictions. It’s the several females and female celebrities who are challenging the social networks by purposely exposing their nipples while being highly aware that they’re breaking the guideline rules and will have their photo taken down or have their accounts temporally blocked.

An example I found revolving around this topic is when singer/actress Miley Cyrus posted a picture of herself on her Instagram account exposing her nipples on purpose. The comment she posted under that picture was a clear indication that she not only knew her picture was a violation of Instagram’s terms, but she knew it would eventually be taken down from her Instagram page. She stated, “Some lame ass deff gonna (flag emoji) dat but fuckkkkkkk it”, following by using the hashtag, #FreeTheNipple, to help promote the movement.

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http://gawker.com/miley-cyrus-frees-her-nipples-in-topless-instagram-phot-1675985556

Other celebrities such as, super model Cara Delevigne has also taken part in promoting this revolution of women’s freedom. Talk show host, Chelsea Handler is known for her several topless images she posts on her Instagram, which are presently still being taken down from her account. Singer Rihanna took down her own Instagram account because she disagreed with their nipple-banning rule.

The action of these popular celebrities displaying these images within highly popular spaces of networks has helped attract the attention this revolution needs. Considering that these celebrities have a connection to a growing amount of followers, both men and women, has helped these images and their message to continuously being circulated among other sites.

As we have discussed in class, the theory of narcissism within online bodies explains that certain rules within these social networks where basically shaming certain bodies from participating. In the case of social network Instagram, narcissism is shown by banning women’s nipples in images, giving women the impression that those images are seen as an abusive act of the female body within the online world.

Questions: 

I am interested to see just how far women can bend the rules, break the rules, and create a new set of equality for something as simple as exposing their nipples within the space of social networking sites. Why is that men are allowed to expose them, but woman are not?

By: Mirelle Lupovici 

 Work Cited:

Senft, Theresa. (2008). Camgirls: Celebrity and Community in the Age of Social Networks. Ch.1. (15-31).

Image Source: Hathaway, Jay. Gawker. “Miley Cyrus Frees Her Nipples in Topless Instagram Photo”. http://gawker.com/miley-cyrus-frees-her-nipples-in-topless-instagram-phot-1675985556. March 11th, 2015.

BLOG POST 2: RE-ORIENTATION EXERCISE

As mentioned in my previous post, Fire Island is my favorite place. It is located on Long Island, New York and is considered to be a laid-back getaway where mostly Americans who live in the city travel to during the summer. It can be dated as far back as 1653 when it was first named Whalehouse Point, because of many whales that were being important in the area during that time. Its name was then changed to Fire Island because of the Fire Island Light House that was built to help guide boats out of the harbor. During the 1950’s the island gradually grew into a friendly community of houses all along the beach line, few being owned by celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe. Today is it the most conveniently close island for people in the city to escape too for the weekend, to enjoy the beach and unwind with family and friends. The island crosses 32 miles, making it possible for one to walk or bike from one end to the other. It has always been one of the very few places in the world that does not allow cars on its roads, apart from fire-trucks or ambulances. Its busiest time of year is during the summer when tourist and homeowners go to spend an un-expensive vacation within a friendly environment.

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Photo taken by me, during the summer of 2014.

As we mentioned in class, the idea of gender performance related to the idea of queer identity, author Gill Valentine discuses in her paper the idea of an enclosed space that is intimate because of it’s community which only certain bodies are part of and others are excluded from. One can compare this to the idea of Fire Island being seen a specific gender performance location. As Valentine explains, “by claiming space in public, by creating public spaces, social groups themselves become public.” (Valentine. pg. 268), for example, the gay community on the island.

In Fire Island, the gay community can be seen as a dominant form of power that has shaped the overall sense of embodiment and orientation of the island itself, simply by implying to others that the community is larger then what it actually is. Many people only hear about the island as being a strictly gay community, therefor “the identity of spaces and places, like the identities of individuals are frequently given with internal tensions and conflicts” (Valentine. pg. 267). Many have chosen to never visit the island because of this false theory but what many don’t know is that Fire Island is separated between seventeen small communities in which only two are based on having a large gay community but are known for welcoming any visitors. It has always created a distance and a separation of boundaries from those bodies who do visit the island because they then chose to stay in a small sections of the island where they know it is more family friendly.

Workcited:
 Valentine, Gil. (2005). “(Re)Negotiating the Heterosexual Street: Lesbian Production of Space.” In The Urban Geography Reader. (263-269). London: Routledge

FireIsland. “The #1 Fire Island Website Sience 1996” WordPress. Web. 1st, February. 2015. http://www.fireisland.com/fire-island/bay-front-home-for-sale/

By: Mirelle Lupovici

Mis-Guide to Concordia University. Scavenger Hunt!

Mis-Guide to Concordia University

On a daily basis, many students move within their school ground restricting themselves to a small space in which they are familiar and comfortable with. These students go without knowing the other campus buildings that surround them on a daily basis. Therefore, for our mis-guide to Concordia University we have decided to create a scavenger hunt game where students from Concordia go on an interactive or solo tour of the Loyola campus. They must visit eight different campus buildings, and must document proof of their visit by taking a picture with their electronic devices (cell-phone or camera). The student(s) will have to do a specific activity when taking this picture, a different activity for each building.  The student(s) will be given a set of clues which will help them find the next campus building location they should visit.

This game should be performed in such matter to make the students become aware of the many different school grounds they are surrounded by everyday. This will help highlight the campus ground and project a different view of being in a school space. By taking a photograph, the students are marking their placement within this space. By having to follow a specific order in which they must visit each building, the student(s) will be more likely to be lead into this space rather than it being their choice. Our main goal is that the student(s) will not follow into a traditional tour within the campus, but rather they will be interactively learning about the different buildings, thinking which building has the clues characteristics, and digitally marking their space within their school grounds. We hope that the student(s) will be able to view their school campus in a new form, by remembering a buildings location by knowing its fun facts, or by simply looking at their photograph that marks their space within the campus.

By: Mirelle Lupovici & Ashley Plescia 

1st Blog Post- About Me

Hello, my name is Mirelle Lupovici. I am a student in my second year in the Communications program at Concordia University. I was born in New York City, but I have always considered Montreal as my hometown. I mostly spend my time playing guitar and composing songs. I have always used music to express myself within my lyrics. 10552459_10203534434195785_7810874489167580114_nMy goal for this class is too mainly keep an open mind on how the body can interact within spaces in our everyday life. I hope to develop better writing skills within my online postings and involve myself in my classmate’s different space and body perspectives.

 

My favorite space to be in is Fire Island. This island runs along the coast of Long Island in New York City. Here is a website

281777_2070154247774_4585751_nwith all of Fire Islands history and information: http://www.fireisland.com/. One must travel by ferryboat to reach the island. There are no vehicles on the island; therefore most people usually get around by foot or on bicycle. There are very few year round residents on the island, which helps give it a friendly oriented feeling. 10553319_10203435481482029_1956792690059455691_n

What I love about Fire Island is that very few people know about it, and I’ve been going there every summer since my childhood. My body within this space is always affected in the same way. I find myself refreshed and reenergized the moment I arrive there because it’s my escape from the city, school and work. What triggers my memory the most about this space is the many photographs I have there as a child. The immediate characteristics that come to mind when I am remembering this space is, the smell of the ocean breeze, the smell of the tall fresh bamboo sticks growing, the sound of the bells ringing on the bikes, and the many deer’s that casually walk by you in the streets. 

For me the faculty makes learning difficult by:

1. Using class time to discuss other subjects.

2. Not being able to give enough feedback on tests, exams and assignments.  

3. Having unclear explanations of assignments in the syllabus. 

4. Not knowing that some links for the readings do not work.

5. Not being able to meet during none office hours, to adjust to students schedules. 

The faculty makes learning easy by: 

1. Giving students ideas of what they expect in papers/projects.  

2. Giving students a heads up on what will be on exams. 

3. Informing students when to expect a pop-quiz.

4. Giving students a complete topic of what they should focus on for a paper/project 

5. Cutting class hour time down