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The Gaze: Objectification in Film and Media

May 26 @ 5:00 pm 8:00 pm

In this lecture, we will explore the ways in which society makes and consumes video, film, and media through a critical feminist lens. Who has been privileged to be the spectator, who has been subjected to the viewed and how does that impact how the viewer sees the world around them?

This lecture will focus on the feminist film theorist Laura Mulvey’s theory of the “Male Gaze” which describes the ways in which the female body is often represented as the passive object for the active view and consumption. We will discuss how the “Male Gaze” has been the default setting through which most modern media has been experienced and consumed by all viewers through analyzing a range of historic films as well as the responses from female filmmakers to this theory. We will also explore the ways this concept intersects with race through the fetishization/exoticization of racialized women, as well as the sexualization of Queer women.

We will also discuss the impact and legacies of the “Male Gaze” still felt today and how we can consciously apply this theory to the content we create and consume.”

Rebecca Watson is an artist and art historian using a feminist and Queer perspective to explore the intersection of themes such as sexuality, surveillance, religion, and digital realities. Watson’s work — both written and within her arts practice — aims to challenge oppressive, patriarchal systems through education and awareness. Rebecca is finishing her Masters of Art History at Carleton University and is a graduate from Nipissing University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts.

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Zoom Account (register for the free account here).

Link for the virtual classroom will be sent to participants on Tuesday May 25th.

PWYC Pricing

This workshop is PWYC by donation (with a minimum donation of $10 to register). Fees for this workshop can be waived if access to funds is a barrier to participation, please email access@digitalartsresourcecentre.ca. and we will manually register you to the workshop.

Cancellation Policy

DARC is unable to provide course attendee refunds for cancellations. DARC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule courses if necessary.