237130_A2_Week7_Task#4_Question to Topic Question_11/05/2016.

You will by now have some good background knowledge on your essay topic.

  • Revisit the ideas you are addressing in your essay and list them.

-Gender influences on self-portaiture

-14th Century Renaissance portrait influences

-Introduction of photography into self-portraiture

-21st Century selfie taking

-Manipulation of images.

  • Re-read your essay question.

– ‘How to see yourself’ (Mirzoeff, Chapter 1. 31-69) draws attention to the changing nature of imagining, and of imaging identity and ‘the self’. Discuss some of the different ways that representations of identity have shifted over time. Draw upon some of Mirzoeff’s examples to explain different concerns artists, photographers and others have had about identity which have influenced the kinds of visual texts they produce. Use least one example from Mirzoeff and find 1-2 other examples. The discussion should explore historical change or how a marginalised identity confronts dominant identities.

  • Show your selected visual texts and discuss your ideas with your friends, peers, whanau, family, parents or flat-mates– this is a helpful focus exercise because you will have to explain your thinking to people who might be fresh to the ideas and the relationships you are making between those and the visual texts.

When showing the visual texts, I had to explain what they related to and the connections back to the overall main ideas that Mirzoeff is trying to show us. The images I have chosen for my gender referencing paragraph are good because through pervious analysis I have the evidence to back-up my claims being made. Also the main image for my 14th century portraiture paragraph is good as Mirzeoff has used this image to explain his ideas that I can also relate back to my idea too.

  • What are their thoughts? Did they have a different perspective?Or did they offer you different or new ideas to think about?

Their thoughts were that I had to make sure I am clear with my historical facts as well as making sure that the evidence is relevant. Also making sure that citations are correct and images are relevant to the idea.

  • What questions did they ask you?

They asked me how I was going to approach talking about each topic which is going to be through the history from the 18th century through to the 21st century.

Following on from above:

  • List the 3-5 key ideas you have focused your essay discussion on.

-Representations of identity changing overtime.

-The evolution of self-portraiture

-The history of self-portraiture form 19th century to 21st century

-The manipulation of images and power of the artist

  • Turn the 3- 5 key ideas into questions.

-How has the representation of identity changed overtime?

-What is the evolution of self-portraiture?

-How has the history of self-portraiture changed from the 19th century to the 21st century?

-How does the artist manipulate the image and have power over it?

  • Then turn each question into a succinct single sentence statement.

-The representations of identity have changed overtime.

-The evolution of self-portraiture is shown through history.

-Self-portraiture has changed overtime from the 19th century to the 21st century due to the introduction of technology.

-Due to having power over the image, artists are able to manipulate and change the image.

  • Re-read your essay question and the different re-phrasings of it you made in I/S Wk4.
  • Do the single sentence statements relate to your essay question?

I think that these statements relate to my essay question because I have taken words from the essay question and tried to expand them to be able to use them to create an argument or agreement with ideas stated within Mirzoeffs chapter.

Write a paragraph by combining each of the single sentence statements and connect these to the ideas in essay question you are answering. Revise and edit it and upload as a Blog Post for this week (100-170 words)

(Cite all source material–in-text citations and bibliographic citations: MLA captions; MLA in-text referencing for online sources, lecture presentations, video presentation).

In this essay question, it asks me to question how the representations of identity have changed overtime. When looking into this question, I questioned how the evolution of self-portraiture is shown through history. When researching for the history around the evolution of self-portraiture, I found that self-portraiture has changed overtime from the 19th century to the 21st century due to the introduction of technology. Here I was able to investigate how technology has changed the showing of the self and due to having power over the image, artists are able to manipulate and change the image. Here I was able to understand that technology and the artist are able to manipulate the image and how this has effected the showing of self-portraiture through-out history.

Reflect on this paragraph and consider it as a possible draft for an introduction or conclusion?

This could be a draft for an introduction but I feel that this wouldn’t be a strong introduction because I feel it doesn’t go in depth enough about the ideas that Mirzoeff is trying to portray in this chapter. For the introduction I need to establish his ideas as well as my own in relation to the chapter. I need to also state visual texts being used.

Texts Referenced:

(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “How to See Yourself”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 31-69. Print)

237130_A2_Week4_Task#3B_Free Writing_10/04/2016.

Free Writing

1. Do this on paper with a pen/pencil– it works best!

2. Use a timer. Set for 5mins.

3. Write as much as you recall about the chapter. Do NOT look or refer back to it–Work from memory!

4. Keep writing versus lifting your pen off the paper.

5. Stick to the timeframe–no more–no less than 5mins.

6. Take a break.

7. Then copy it – into your blog verbatim.


The selfie is a image taken on a smart phone → increase after iPhone 4 front camera (2010)

History merged in 2013 the coming together of selfie with technology e.g. Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela funeral.

The showing of self is connected with the history of showing yourself in a heroic state and through other medias like gender, sexuality, class, race.

The imperial self → Las Meninas

Painter shown within mirror of some sort. Might not be a mirror but a window. Hired to paint the daughter of Kind Phillip. The view point of people in the painting is on the King and Queen. The painter is wearing a red cross to show his loyalty to the royal family → painting in the era of Absolutism.

The Hero and the portrait.

Texts Referenced:

(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Chapter One. How to See Yourself.”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 31-69. Print)

237130_A2_Week4_Task#3A_Written Response_10/04/2016.

Written Response

  • What is Mirzoeff asking you to think about? (50-100 words)

‘The selfie is a fusion of the self-image, the self-portrait of the artist as a hero and the machine image of modern art that works as a digital performance.'(33) From this quote, it is clear the Mirzoeff wants us to think about the history based around the origins of the ‘selfie’. We need to think about the evolution of showing one self, how it has changed over time through painting into photography vice versa. How gender, race, sexuality and class are important when showing yourself. It is asking us to question how we present ourselves to others around us.

  • Do you think it might be important we know about it, think about or consider it, or research it in more detail? Explain why? (50-100 words)

I think depending on your interests it could be important to know about and research the topic in more detail. I believe this because I find this overall topic interesting, as the selfie is a very dominating way of communication in our generation. As I am also interested in photography, I find it interesting the way people portrayed themselves through self imagery in painting and photography.

  • Select a visual text from the chapter that best exemplifies your understanding of Mirzoeff’s ideas and explain why you have selected this in view of your understanding. Refer to the visual text to assist your explanation. (50-100 words).
Toulouse-Lautrec, Self-Portrait Before a Mirror. (1882)

Toulouse-Lautrec, Self-Portrait Before a Mirror. (1882)

I have chosen this visual text; this is a painting by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec of himself. I have chosen this text because I believe that it shows the ideas like inserting oneself into the image, manipulation of what is actually seen and the created story or performance. When viewing this image, the artist has decided to only us what he wants use to see, not what might actually be there. I found out the artist suffered from a medical condition affecting his lower body, thus the painting only being his upper body. Through painting like this he has made himself the main object of the image, he hasn’t distorted the idea of what he actually is. From this, I am able to understand how Mirzoeff is showing his ideas around the ‘selfie’. I can see that overall self imagery can be manipulated and changed to what we want people to see and that nothing is as it seems.

Texts Referenced:

(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Chapter One. How to See Yourself.”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 31-69. Print)

(Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri De. Self-Portrait Before a Mirror. Digital image. Web Gallery of Art. Emil Krén and Daniel Marx, n.d. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.)

237130_A2_Week4_Task#2A-C_Question Choice and MindMap_10/04/2016.

‘How to See Yourself’

Chosen question:

‘How to see yourself’ (Mirzoeff, Chapter 1. 31-69) draws attention to the changing nature of imagining, and of imaging identity and ‘the self’. Discuss some of the different ways that representations of identity have shifted over time. Draw upon some of Mirzoeff’s examples to explain different concerns artists, photographers and others have had about identity which have influenced the kinds of visual texts they produce. Use least one example from Mirzoeff and find 1-2 other examples. The discussion should explore historical change or how a marginalised identity confronts dominant identities.

Explain in your own words what you think the question is asking you to do?

This chosen question is asking me to discuss the ways that representation of identity has changed over time, the exploration of historical change of portraying identity. I need to use information and examples from Mirzoeff’s book and explain the concerns that artists had with identity and how these concerns influenced the visual texts they produced. I will source my own examples and use some of Mirzoeff’s examples.


Mind-Map

Mind-Map created with mindmeister.com.

Mind-Map created with mindmeister.com.

Texts Referenced:

(Mirzoeff, Nicholas. “Chapter One. How to See Yourself”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015. 31-69. Print)

237130_A2_Week4_Task#1B_Writing at University_05/04/2016.

What kind of writer are you? 

Activity 16 Questions –

  • What do you think might be the advantages and disadvantages of these different ways of organizing writing?

When it came to reading these different types of writers, I found that the architect writer seems to be the best for university writing. This is because there is a lot of thought and planning happening instead of going straight into writing, which is an advantage. I believe that the diver writer and patchwork writer aren’t very good ways of writing because it can be hard to find links between points that have been written and overall would make writing the essay harder.

  • Which way of planning and shaping is most like your own approach?

My approach towards writing is a mixture between two of the styles. I like to have some type of structure for my essay or a plan like an architect writer but I also like to write down all ideas or paragraphs. I write them separately then finding links between the ideas like the diver writer.

  • How do you think your way may be different from any of these?

My way isn’t necessarily different from the ones given, they are just adapted or changed versions. Everyone’s way is different but overall relate back to these four styles in one way or another.


Describe how you plan and organise your writing for a major essay. In this discussion think about things like: considering the question, reading and researching the topic, mind-mapping or brainstorming, drafting, revision and presentation.

When organizing for a major essay, I like to firstly break down the question into sections. For example, what key words are and understanding what the question is actually asking me to do, directly and indirectly. To gather information and research for the topic I attend and re-watching lectures when wanting specific information. I like to read all the readings suggested and also do book and internet research as having multiple sources are important when finding reliable sources. Before starting the essay, firstly I create a plan or structure of how the essay is going to be formatted and what body paragraphs are going to be about, what type of introduction and conclusion.


Based on the student descriptions– explain what kind of thinker planner you identify most closely with (1 or more), and what was useful to you about reading how students describe their own planning and writing processes. 

As stated before in the activity 16 questions, I said that I felt my approach was similar to two. The architect writer and diver writer. It was useful to read the descriptions of the styles of writing because it helped me to understand what type of writer I actually am. From this I can also take the positive aspects of the different styles and incorporate them into my own style of writing. This also showed me that some aspects of my writing can be improved to become an overall better writer and thinker.

Texts Referenced:

(Creme, Phyllis, and Mary R. Lea. “Reading as Part of Writing.” Writing at University: A Guide for Students. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education, 2008. (71-76) eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 31. Jan. 2016)

237130_A2_Week4_Task#1A_Analytic Essay_04/04/2016.

Analytic Essay? 

When researching about analytic essays, it is typically said to be the most common essay structure used in university and is asking the person to break down a main topic into different components that are written into different body paragraphs. (QUT Write.) When writing an essay for university, Clarke states that interpreting the assignment brief is important as this can help draw out key words needed to understand what is needed to be identified within the essay. (151-155).

From the website Access to English: Social Studies, under the Analytical Essay section its states an example of a structure that can be followed when writing this essay style. Having an introduction showing your understanding of the brief given and what argument is stated within the essay, with the continuation of body paragraphs with evidence to support the argument and conclusion overviewing the main points made in the essay. (Access to English: Social Studies)

Below are URL links that I can use to have a better understand of what an analytical essay is and helpful tips:

http://access-socialstudies.cappelendamm.no/c319365/artikkel/vis.html?tid=382115

http://www.citewrite.qut.edu.au/write/essay.jsp#Analytical

http://home.nwciowa.edu/lundberg/AmLit/essayadv.htm

https://www.kibin.com/essay-writing-blog/analytical-essay-outline/

Texts Referenced:

(“Four Types of Essay: Expository, Persuasive, Analytical, Argumentative.” Access to English: Social Studies. Ed. Cappelen Damm AS. Cappelen Damm AS, 02 Sept. 2008. Web. 04 Apr. 2016.)

(“Writing an Essay.” QUT Write. Queensland University of Technology, 12 Jan. 2016. Web. 03 Apr. 2016.)

(Clarke, Michael. “”The Essay”” Verbalising the Visual: Translating Art and Design into Words. Lausanne: AVA, 2007. 147-55. Print.)