Title

WALKIN' LIKE A MAN: HIJACKING ENCULTURATION TO BYPASS SOMATIZATION

Date of Award

5-10-2020

Degree Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

Advisor(s)

Margie Hughto

Second Advisor

Jude Lewis

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities

Abstract

To look beyond a place in search of new information is an action I have inherited and a survival strategy I have cultivated to reconcile my personal histories and cultural heritage as a first generation Cuban-American queer cisgender male. I regularly assume the operational mode of Charles Baudelaire’s flaneur as I walk to visit spaces and to collect information (material and intangible) while performing assimilation to subvert conformity. I deploy flanerie as a performative camouflaging device with which to access the psychogeography of urban sites as a means of actively resisting the reflex to assume conventionality. This symbolic attempt to hijack enculturation and bypass potential ensuing somatization informs a post-structuralist approach to iterative cultural production central to a research based transdisciplinary artistic practice that foregrounds sexuality in response to conventional gender regimes. My studio practice locates these ideas as underpinnings for installations generated as simulations of conventionalized social and institutional models implicating notions of body autonomy, social stratification, and nationhood.

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