Revised Statement

11 11 2010

Blurred Distinctions

Nicci Shaw

Clothes convey meaning in society and enact power relations between individuals.  How we regard and respond to others often depends on how we evaluate their status relative to our own.  This concept is highly relevant when considering the people within Civic Center Park for two reasons.  First, the park is used by a broad spectrum of people, reflecting various ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds.  Second, the park is the civic heart of the city—the designated place where all people can gather and interact as equals.  Much emphasis is put on visual first impressions, and assumptions about which individuals in the park are disadvantaged could be made based primarily on clothing, but the validity of these assumptions needs to be questioned.

The purpose of this piece is to challenge conclusions that are drawn from clothing.  The series of photographs serves to blur the distinctions between clothes that might be assumed to belong to those who are economically disadvantaged versus those who are not.

Can one tell who is homeless based on external signs, such as clothing?  Do we do others and ourselves a disservice by making assumptions from first impressions?  How can we get past prejudices based on appearance and respect others as equals?

The photographs also call into question the characteristics that define those who are likely to become homeless, as well as assumptions about what those characteristics are.

Who is at risk of becoming homeless?

Despite some commonly held views about this question, individuals of any background, social class, race, or education level can find themselves in circumstances that could lead to homelessness.  The ambiguity of the clothes in the photographs suggests that all people are implicated.





Revised Card

11 11 2010





List for Friday

10 11 2010

Here is a list of things that I need to bring to the park on Friday:

  • Camera for documentation
  • Projector (need to check out / rent)
  • Laptop
  • Connector Piece (need to check out / rent)
  • Extension cords
  • Surge protector
  • Clothes rack
  • Clothes
  • Hangers
  • Ribbon
  • Printed cards
  • Printed and mounted artist’s statement (how to display this??)
  • Duct tape




Title, Artist’s Statement, and Card

10 11 2010

Artist’s Statement:

Blurred Distinctions

Nicci Shaw

Clothes can serve to convey meaning in society and enact power relations between individuals.  This concept is highly relevant when considering the people within Civic Center Park.  Assumptions about which individuals in the park are homeless could be made based primarily on clothing, but the validity of these assumptions needs to be questioned.

The purpose of this piece is to challenge conclusions that are drawn from clothing.  The series of photographs serves to blur the distinctions between clothes that might be assumed to belong to those who are economically disadvantaged versus those who are not.

Can one tell who is homeless based on external signs, such as clothing?

The photographs also call into question the characteristics that define those who are likely to become homeless, as well as assumptions about what those characteristics are.

Who is at risk of becoming homeless?

Card for people who want to give clothing:

This item of clothing has been wrapped with care for you to give to a homeless individual.  As you consider who to give it to, think about what visual cues you use to determine who you believe to be homeless.  How much of your conclusions are based on what people are wearing?  Are you able to tell who is homeless based solely on external cues such as clothing?





Slideshow Planning

8 11 2010
1) 

  • Navy suit jacket
  • White dress shirt
  • Tie
  • Navy dress pants
2) 

  • Navy suit jacket
  • White dress shirt
  • Tie
  • Grey dress pants
3) 

  • Navy sports coat
  • White dress shirt
  • Grey dress pants
4) 

  • Navy sports coat
  • White dress shirt
  • Grey sweater
  • Grey dress pants
5) 

  • Navy sports coat
  • Grey sweater
  • Grey dress pants
6) 

  • Navy sports coat
  • Grey sweater
  • Dark Jeans
7) 

  • Navy sports coat
  • Grey hoodie
  • Dark Jeans
8 )
 

  • Navy sports coat
  • Grey hoodie
  • Light jeans
9) 

  • Jean jacket
  • Grey hoodie
  • Light jeans
10) 

  • Jean jacket
  • Grey hoodie
  • Blue and tan flannel
  • Light jeans
11) 

  • Jean jacket
  • Blue and tan flannel
  • Maroon t-shirt
  • Light jeans
12) 

  • Jean jacket
  • Blue and tan flannel
  • Maroon t-shirt
  • Light jeans
  • Black baseball cap
13) 

  • Camo jacket
  • Blue and tan flannel
  • Maroon t-shirt
  • Light jeans
  • Black baseball cap
14) 

  • Camo jacket
  • Blue and tan flannel
  • Maroon t-shirt
  • Grey sweat pants
  • Black baseball cap
15) 

  • Camo jacket
  • Blue and tan flannel
  • Maroon t-shirt
  • Grey sweat pants
  • Black beanie
16) 

  • Camo jacket
  • Blue and tan flannel?
  • Avs jersey
  • Grey sweat pants
  • Black beanie
17) 

  • Camo jacket
  • Grey hoodie
  • Avs jersey
  • Grey sweat pants
  • Black beanie
18) 

  • Red puffy jacket
  • Grey hoodie
  • Avs jersey
  • Grey sweat pants
  • Black beanie




Clothing List

5 11 2010

* Below is a list of the clothing items I purchased last night:

  • Navy sport coat
  • Light gray sweater
  • Light gray hoodie
  • Jean jacket
  • Navy and tan checkered flannel
  • Maroon t-shirt
  • Camo jacket
  • Av’s jersey
  • Red puffy jacket
  • Gray slacks
  • Dark jeans
  • Faded jeans with holes
  • Grey sweat pants
  • Tie
  • Baseball hat
  • Black beanie

* Found a generator to borrow if I have trouble getting power

* Also found a garment rack to borrow

* Also found several outdoor extension cords to borrow

* Might still need:

  • Light grey zip up hoodie
  • Leather jacket
  • Dark fingerless gloves
  • Jeans with more holes
  • Concern: current clothes might look too nice?
  • (will be borrowing navy or black suit and white dress shirt)

Next steps:

  • Figure out order of outfits to prep for photo shoot tuesday




Arc and the Park at Night

5 11 2010

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Tonight I purchased the clothing for my project at Arc and visited the park to observe the lighting situation at night.

I still have a few remaining questions:

* Power source?  Will I be able to use an existing source at the site or will I need to bring a battery backup?

* Which part of the wall should the projection be on?  The right side of the wall seems to be the darkest, but it is probably only large enough to project one outfit at a time, rather than three.

* Can the surrounding lights be turned off or covered?