Blurred Lines?
 
Mary Kelly, Nightcleaners
April 6 @ 6:30 - 8:30 pm
LACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Kelly, Post-Partum Document, 1973 - 1979

 
  • Deals with the mother's relationship with her son from birth until he enters school / the public realm
  • Visual images of the mother and child emphatically avoided
  • Subjective elements like diary entries are juxtaposed with distant, quasi-scientific elements like diagrams
  • Articulates the mother's feelings of possession and loss
  • Importantly, focuses on the invisible work of motherhood
 
The objects stand for the mother's "memorabilia" and how she makes sense of the gradual separation from her child
Mary Kelly with Son, Kelly Barrie
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Post-Partum Document, 1973.
Documentation I, Analyzed fecal stain, 1974.
Documentation II, Analyzed utterances, 1975.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transitional Objects

Documentation III, Analyzed markings, 1975.
Mary Kelly. Documentation IV, Transitional objects, 1976.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diagram and Research

Prewriting Alphabet

Mary Kelly. Documentation V, Mounted specimen 9 from Post-Partum Document, 1977.
Mary Kelly. Documentation VI, Prewriting alphabet from Post-Partum Document, 1978.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parts of Linguistic Structure
   
syntax
the arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language
semantics
the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text
pragmatics
the ways in which context contributes to meaning, both individual and social

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.I., Whatever You Like, 2008.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meaning can be generated by different aspects of text
 
Form of the text
shapes of the letters, font, style (bold, italic), color of letters, where the words are placed on the page, kerning
Content of the text
meaning of the words, punctuation, context in which the text appears

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meaning can be generated through relationships / interactions with images and objects
 
Form of the image
how composition, pictorial devices, and formal elements organize the image
Content of the image
concrete things that we identify in the image, and abstract metaphoric meaning
Form of the object
how various compostional structures, formal elements, and mimicry the object takes
Content of the object
what the object is (literal), and what it might be taken to represent (connotative)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

prominence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meaning of words and sentences depend on the function they play in a language
 
emotive
reveal something about the emotions of the speaker / writer
conative
the feeling brought about in the listerner / reader / receiver
apellative
command or act of persuasion
referential
text that makes allusion, reference, citation or quotation
poetic
creative or aesthic quality of language
phatic
small talk / something said to keep the conversation going
metalingual
check to see whether linguistic code is shared or that communication is working properly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meaning is also built upon the relationship of texts to one another, and within a single work
 
intertextuality
the relationship between texts, especially literary ones; reference to other works through allusions, plagiarism, parody, pastiche, etc.
intratextuality
Internal relations within a single text

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marvin Gaye Got To Give It Up, 1977.
Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, T.I., Blurred Lines, 2013.