I like it a lot, unfortunately it’s a pretty typical white savior plot which is a shame and could’ve been avoided but didn’t. Movie-wise, I wish the Capitol flag was red white and blue and I wish the Capitol’s aesthetic was more neoclassical and less obviously a dig at “Communist Dictatorship” or whatever (I did notice that in Catching Fire the president’s house was basically the white house and the buildings were more flashy and glassy in the cities). I did like the left-populism of it, workers versus decadent exploiters, I just wish it was more explicit.
I generally don’t like dystopia narratives at all, I think they’re inappropriate and misguided because they tend to gloss over the fact that we live in a dystopia right now, like as we speak. 19,000,000 people starved to death last year and will probably starve to death again this year while Amazon.com sends drones to deliver things to rich people in half an hour. Stem cell research is illegal for some reason and abortion is still a debate and there are single human beings with billions of dollars while homelessness still exists. This is a dystopia. The world we live in right now is unbelievably horrifying and must at all costs be destroyed from the ground up. We’re hurtling towards climate disasters that are going to be apocalyptic in scale and are at this point unavoidable. The president of our country makes televised jokes about how he kills children with robots and the youth love him and wear t-shirts of him.
Dystopia narratives are like, “yeah, but what if Big Government goes Out of Control?” like wow, horrifying idea there.
Mannequins Modeled After People with Disabilities —
Changing Contexts and Transforming Experiences
Just two days ago, I said that I couldn’t wait until designers recognized that people with disabilities wore their clothes and made sure their clothes complimented all kinds of bodies. Well, someone must have heard me because today we have progress! Small progress, but progress nonetheless.
In addition to Giving Tuesday, December 3rd is also the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. For the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Pro Infirmis, a disability organization, created a mannequins modeled after people with disabilities that will be used in store windows. The project is called Because Who is Perfect? The video above shows the process of creating the mannequins, the reactions the models had seeing mannequins in their image, and the reactions of people as they walk past the mannequins on display.
There is a whole lot going on this video. A whole lot. And, I have so many thoughts swirling around my head, but two thoughts are clear.
There are so many moments in this video that reference back to dark, stigmatizing experiences in the lives of disabled people, including my own, but because this project drastically shifts the context of these experiences they become transformed into something generative, validating, and positive.
The process of taking detailed measurements of bodies made me think of fittings for casts, braces, and other corrective devices. And, historically how these measurements were used to determine the extent of someone’s impairment in a kind of anthropometry and in order to justify their need for treatments and therapies. The measurements in this video are not received with fear of a cold brace that corrects a perceived defect but with eager anticipation for the creation of an object that embraces and appreciates disability.
The store window made me think of freak shows and medical theaters, forums for gawking, staring, and objectifying disabled people. Again, within the store front window, the history of disabled people being stared at gets transformed. Store front windows are sites that arouse admiration, desire, and aspirations for the future. When you look at a store window display, you are meant to be able to see yourself wearing the outfits or wish you could see yourself in that outfit.
Although the stage has changed, the puzzled reactions of onlookers is similar to what people with disabilities have experienced for an incredibly long time, but, perhaps this project puts us a few steps closer towards shifting those reactions.
I was literally just logging on to share this!
Check it out, seriously. This is some badassery right here! ;)
Im really hoping all the txt comes through on this reblog.
I particularly loved the part where the models are interacting with (and caressing!) Their mannequins, with big smiles and happy words