Burning Bra 2008 by Andrew Oleksiuk and Ti Mosienko
“Burning Bra 2008” – artists: Ti Mosienko and Andrew Oleksiuk
September 27 – October 5, Burning Life Festival
for more information on Burning Life, visit http://burninglife.secondlife.com/
“Burning Bra 2008” is a 3D model and assemblage that recalls the turbulent social fervor associated with second wave feminism in the United States in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It also pokes fun at the “lingerie culture” of Second Life. Bra burning as a metaphorical performative action by “women’s libbers” is a largely a myth. However, as such it typifies the confusion of social concerns of previous decades echoed by the cultural plurality of Second Life.
American second wave feminism is defined generally as the period of feminist activity between 1960-1979. It had social, political and cultural ramifications. During a difficult time in American history, American second wave feminism was discussed, broadcast, politicized, criticized, defined and driven underground. It was also known as the women’s movement, women’s liberation and other names. It had political and social goals but was often confused in the media with a lot of other turbulent cultural goings on at the time, and occasionally grossly misunderstood and misinterpreted by the media and society.
For more information on American second wave feminism, and its purposes, complications and results, see: https://collectingseminar.wordpress.com/2008/09/13/images-of-american-2nd-wave-feminism-purposes-complications-and-results-andrew-oleksiuk/
To visit “Burning Bra in Burning Life 2008” in the 3D virtual world Second Life visit:
(Second Life account required).
The Book of Lists refers to any one of a series of books compiled by best selling author Irving Wallace, his son David Wallechinsky, and daughter Amy Wallace. Each book contains hundreds of lists (many accompanied by textual explanations) on unusual or esoteric topics, for example:
- Famous people who died during sex
- The world’s greatest libel suits
- People suspected of being the real Jack the Ripper
- Worst places to hitchhike
- People misquoted by Ronald Reagan
- Breeds of dogs which bite people the most, and the least
From Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Book_of_Lists
“Despite its invisibility and unknown constitution however, most of the universe, perhaps as much as ninety six percent of it consists of dark matter. This is a phenomenon sometimes called the “missing mass problem”.13 Like its astronomical cousin, creative dark matter also makes up the bulk of the artistic activity produced in our post-industrial society. However, this type of Dark matter is invisible primarily to those who lay claim to the management and interpretation of culture- the critics, art historians, collectors, dealers, curators and arts administrators. It includes informal practices such as home-crafts, makeshift memorials, Internet art galleries, amateur photography and pornography, Sunday-painters, self-published newsletters and fan-zines. Yet, just as the physical universe is dependent on its dark matter and energy, so too is the art world dependent on its shadow creativity. It needs this shadow activity in much the same way certain developing countries secretly depend on their dark or informal economies.14”
– Adam Trowbridge
A friend sent me a link to this exhibition. There were nine exhibits as part of the show, which I think happened a couple of years ago. It now lives here on their website. Before we all had iphones there were gadgets like the ones on this site.
I was reminded of this site, while reading the end of the interview with Tjebbe van Tijen in Deep Storage. He made a comment about how we needed to keep all the outdated machinery around to translate the Rosetta Stones of the future.
This collection was organized by various ideas in mind. 1. Representations of Indigenous Women, 2. Representations of Latin American Women, 3. Skin tone (relating to both Latin American and Indigenous Peoples), and 4. The “Other”. There exists some popular images like Disney’s Pocahontas, Mexico’s mass-produced “Mexican Doll” collectible of a supposed Indigenous handicraft, the classic Virgen Maria image and finally, Iris Chacon (considered to be one of Latin America’s most popular ” Vedette”. You can find great footage of her and her “charismatic” Puerto-Rican-ness on youtube, as well as her very voluptious body, which was mostly what she was known for…oh’ and her dance moves. Consider it a Pre-J-Lo preoccupation).
I decided to use this assignment as a continuation of my interest in the representation of Woman, with a focus on the idea of Women and Myth. I found these 16 images in various subject headings, including Circus, Primitive Societies, Women, Costume, Fortune Telling, Witches and finally, Women- Occupations. These images represent a fascination with women by representing them as fantastic beings. They are viewed through a voyeuristic lens and encourage the representational signifiers of “the other”, stereotype and fear.