Study Statement 1.0

TITLE

the “adolescent” as a result of “the disappearance of adulthood and childhood”

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

“Childhood” is an artificial concept.

There’s a complex and delicate relationship between the Capitalist ideology, the narrative of childhood, and the the logic of capital in which “children” are commodified in television commercials.

Adulthood and childhood in the age of images disappear together. So how to define “childhood” when consumption and bubbles persist?

୨୧ AIM 1

Create a long-term project around the articles(poems) I have written.

The value of “practice based research” in building a long-term project

Objective 

– To study the relationship between children’s cognition and media technology — read relevant literature and papers. (media, communication study)

– Changes in the way information interacts can directly affect the electrophysiology of the brain — read more papers about this.

୨୧ AIM 2

Topic of long-term project:

– Define “childhood” under consumerism and study of the process of cognitive change in children in the present time.(combining “the disappearance of adulthood &childhood”)

– The social significance of work and labour. (provisional)

୨୧ AIM 3

Exploring how to construct a long-term project. (I’ve seen some exhibition present outcomes with research articles)

Objective 

– How to publish/post.

– A long-term project worth its own website. (blog sense of the home page)

– Hoping to get access to 3d virtual exhibitions.

୨୧ AIM 4

To explore and create barrier-free art – how to convey the same emotion and concept through different senses.

What are the more “universal” senses.

Objective 

– To produce small projects: the transformation of images and music.
the connection between image and touch.

୨୧ AIM 5

Revising and organizing writing

Objective 

– Read more works and meet some writers for help.

CONTEXT

“the disappearance of childhood”

In The Disappearance of Childhood Neil Postman refers to the impact of technology on the way people think. He argues that the emergence of childhood means the emergence of shame and is is the most humanistic inventions.

The way in which childhood is defined in terms of innocence itself obscures the various complex realities that childhood life entails. In this context, the ‘adult’ seems to be subservient to the rules of society, dominated by animalistic desires and in need of the reminder of the ‘innocent child’ in order to remain humanistic. “We do not grow from childhood to a state of adulthood, but from childhood to a state of discipline, akin to self-imposed slavery.” (Psychanalyse du feu, Gaston Bachelard, 1987)

In addition to the discussion of humanity itself, it is worth mentioning the complex and delicate relationship between the Capitalist ideology, the narrative of childhood, and the the logic of capital in which “children” are commodified in television commercials.

“the disappearance of adulthood“

Children are both socially constructed and historically generated, as well as being physiologically specific. Researches have shown that changes in the way information is interacted with can directly affect the electrophysiology of the brain. The characteristics of big data is to use a more appropriate way to deliver information by internet streaming media, aka: more data volume and less information, in a way that increases the efficiency of information delivery by the huge expansion of the overall data volume. However, for individuals, the amount of data they can receive per unit of time is limited, so the information density is now lower than before. (And the phenomenon of “image illiteracy in the information society”.)

The “the disappearance of adulthood”, as proposed by Neil Postman – “a new childhood culture characterised by visuals and images, characterised by leaps, uncritical and undeniable content. Adults degenerate back into childhood in an electronic world.” There is a psychological concept known as ‘regression’, when we encounter an unbearable setback, we unconsciously regress to a state of mind that we had at a much younger age. The concept of “regression” is complementary to the “the disappearance of adulthood”.

What usually gets ignored in these discussions is the adolescent. Kennedy invented the concept of “adolescence” in the 1960s. “Youth” changed from Joseph Conrad’s 20-30 years to the current range of 13-17 years. “Youth”, representing the good years of youth, and “puberty”, representing hormonal agitation, have the same etymology in Chinese with a sense of spring. “Youth” is no longer the blossom of spring, but the bog of thaw. If we look at this in the context of “the disappearance of adulthood and childhood”, then “adult” is not a regression back to “child” but “adolescent”.

I love Jasper Spicero’s work, video works with unique world views and related display in exhibitions. I have been imagining a world since a long time ago, where the mechanisms of the world exist metaphorically. I want to make a long-term project about this world. To continue to make, to add research based on practice, and then to revise and improve the practice again, and so on. Such a form is not only to improve the work, but also to expand the understanding of metaphor from different perspectives and the relationship between things. It’s the way to get closer to the ontology mechanism. This is a long-term project in the form of practice based research I want.

METHODOLOGY

Keep writing. Keep up the enthusiasm by doing side projects that are as simple to implement as possible.

Theory

“the disappearance of childhood”&”the disappearance of adulthood”

“bite size information”

(still organizing)

Research

in blog research & reference

-Experimenting

Exploration of barrier-free art (interoceptive transfer).

Reading of theoretical books on child psychology and the relationship between cognition and media.

(expanding)

OUTCOMES

A separate exhibition site as a long-term project

One main project: bozopupa: (photography) “adolescence” as a result of “adulthood” and “childhood” disappearing together

Several exploration of accessible art – 2 side project (sound, touch)

WORK PLAN

UNIT 1: The front end of the website, one main project

10.6-10.16 the library project: website build deadline

10.17 event

10.24-10.30 research: RGB music lab

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12

1.9-1.15 collage section collect(x)/photoshoot

1.16-1.22 music convert experiment/photoshoot

1.23-1.29

1.30-2.10 holiday

2.13-2.19 organize blog

UNIT 2 work on theory

BIBLIOGRAPHY

The Disappearance of Childhood. (1982). Neil Postman. Zhongxin Press. 2015-05-01. ISBN 9787508648279. 

Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology.(1992). Neil Postman. Beijing University Press. 2007-10-01. ISBN 7301126816

Psychanalyse du feu. (1987). Gaston Bachelard. Henan University Press. 2016. ISBN 9787564923549

Lacrimi și Sfinți. (1937). Emile Michel Cioran. The Commercial Press. 2014. ISBN 9787100104234

Regretting Motherhood. (2017). Orna Donath. Beijing United Publishing Co. 2022. ISBN: 9787559657718

When Time Stood Still: Thoughts about Time in Primitive Mental States. this is an article about the sense of fragmentation of time, the reference to “paradoxical diachrony” (time of two subjects) from the relationship between the mother and the fetus, etc. I only have the pdf so add later.

The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy. (2012). William Julius Wilson. 

(still organizing)

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