I had this post written but I forgot to post it. T_T
End of Year Show
So to explain the Harry Styles doll in my room...
I had to display my final University dissertation coursework as an installation piece in a gallery. This took place as a show called FIN. Family and friends were all invited for the opening night, which exhibited various work of all final year Media, Film and Journalism students. My dissertation was about Fan Culture (“The Transformation of Young People’s Identity through Popular Culture and Social Media” - to be exact) so I created an installation piece about how popular media texts can influence how a teenage girl can present themselves in offline spaces (their bedroom walls) and online spaces (their tumblr blog). I focused particularly on two popular fandoms of the present day - the Directioners and Wholock fans, and my goal was to compare and contrast how these fans behave through a case study and analyse the media's representation of the two groups. Basically my installation piece was the bedroom spaces of these two fans and the two computers represented their online presence, which demonstrated their behaviours (my findings) to others through visual arts practice.
I created two flash based mock-ups of Tumblr profiles for guests of FIN to interact with, shown above. There’s so, so much more I could talk about regarding the project, but that’s the basic outline so you have a general idea. I had a blast collecting objects to decorate my installation with, and it turned out sooo much better than I was expected. A lot of people complimented it, so I’m really happy! It was a great evening and worth every second of the hard work!
Wayhey MCM Comic Con FINALLY made a stop in Belfast this year. And it was awesome. There was so much merchandise, but I’m afraid to say I bought very little - a Loki helmet shaped ring and a Thor keyring. I didn’t cosplay but I got quite a few photographs with others. All the cosplayers there were really nice, even when we felt so silly asking to get a photo taken with them! I spent the large majority of the afternoon hunting down a Doctor cosplayer who wasn’t 12 years old. (I found one, he was cute and from Australia!) It was a super fun day out with Emma and Jared. Roll on next year!!
To celebrate our results, Emma, Rebecca, Paige and I headed down to Dublin on the train for a spot of retail therapy and sight-seeing! Well, mainly shopping. Dublin seems so cultured and it was marvellous going somewhere new that we weren’t familiar with. Emma’s friend Rosa took us to a delish pizza place and secret cocktail bar - both places we would never have found on our own. It was actually class. We had so much fun!