Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Project Proposal



            My final project I wanted to make a video addressing the influence of twerking. Twerking is a form of dancing where one moves their hips up and down in a bouncing motion making the buttocks shake vigorously.  In my research I’m trying to find the origin, which is difficult because it has similar qualities of other dancing. I chose this topic because I realized the impact this may have on people through pop culture. Music videos in general objectify women where the only attributes that are shown are women in little clothing showing off their physical features.  A perfect example is how Miley Cyrus performed at Video Music Awards where she twerked while performing.  When the VMA’s aired it had over 10 million viewers, a substantial amount of viewers the possible effects of viewers and fans seeing a celebrity tweaking are endless.




            The reason I chose this topic is because I see this in so much on a regularly basis. I go to parties and see women blatant objectified. These women go on stages and they twerk on stage because it is what they see in everyday media. In the video attached is a video I personally recorded of women twerking on stage these women see it as a talent or something.  Also below is a tutorial video on how to twerk, the video had over 17 million views. There is obviously people curious or want to learn how to do it.
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           I plan to spread this video through the social network of twitter. I chose Twitter because it has most potential of exposure. My twitter account has over twenty- five thousand followers, which will hopefully have a domino effect through retweeting. I’m looking forward to the different responses that I’ll get after followers see this video.  Sometimes people understand things when you expose them to a different viewpoint that has always been apparent, which I hope to do with this project.  

            The research on this project is difficult part of this project. This isn’t any scholarly papers on this topic, which might make me broaden the topic to some form of provocative dancing. Most of the research are visuals images that really speak for themselves with maybe voiceovers explain why this is a problem. This project will fit into my portfolio because it expresses an idea through visual arts, which I really enjoy doing.  


            The power that media has is so powerful in this day and age. Media is around us so much that as a society it is almost imbedded into our heads. Media is on our phones, computers, on the trains we take, the cabs we ride in, billboards, the music we listen to, there is no way to escape it. We as a society must be in control the media we intake, choosing what to read, what to watch, different perspectives in the news and ultimately thinking for ourselves.  Media is brainwashing as a society to change this we have to negate useless media that we are surrounded by that makes use neglected what is going on everyday around the world. The most powerful thing you can be on this earth is informed.

10 comments:

  1. Unfortunately I don't have any resources to contribute to your project. I just wanted to say that I think it's awesome that you're doing this and I am genuinely looking forward to this presentation.

    It's going to be hilarious. Not to detract from your point or whatever, I just think it's going to be funny which would be nice for a change.

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  2. I think this is so cool, especially because twerking has become a part of mainstream culture, and actual news sources reported on Miley's VMA performance, and spotlight of the move, making it more widely known. Good luck, so look forward to this! Maybe interview someone who knows how to twerk?

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  3. It is very interesting topic. I've considered this phenomenon obnoxious, didn't think much what is really behind the status quo. I believe your project would help us some insight concerning this new culture. Yet i feel empathy for your difficulty finding resources. I found some articles regarding twerking;
    http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/10/08/florida-woman-arrested-for-twerking-in-front-of-a-school-bus-full-of-children/
    http://madamenoire.com/311812/the-original-twerk-team-talks-miley-cyrus/
    http://www.policymic.com/articles/69657/the-twerking-feminist

    Hope this helps a little!

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  4. I love the idea of bringing awareness about twerking and what it represents. I don't believe this is any easy task because it's almost like bringing awareness to young folk grinding on each other at parties. The only people wrapped up into the fad of twerking are the young folk who actually party. Twerking rarely happens during lunch with your family...I hope. My best advice is to limit your topic concentrating on twerking only - the history of it, the way it is perceived, why it is glorified, and why do young girls think it's something cool to do at social gatherings? Focus the attention on twerking because if you swerve off form the purpose of this project, it'll remain just another person angry at twerk sessions because of his own discomfort within his skin. These are tricky thigns to think about. You're walking the tightrope. Good luck!

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  5. thats pretty interesting lol. its super prevalent in today's society especially with all the Miley drama. maybe you'd be interested in incorporating this: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/celebrity/news/twerk-buthoven-twerk
    -its a burlesque dancer twerking to Beethoven

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  6. This is a pretty cool topic. To be honest, I didn't know what twerking was till this year, and I'm sure that could go for plenty of people. This is something that has been around, but recently blew up out of nowhere. As for the research on it's history, it may be hard to narrow down, since the term hasn't been familiar in pop culture for too long. However, if you are able to find information on it's origins then more power to you.

    p.s. if it helps, I recall my teacher mentioning that it was a mix of twist and jerk.

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  7. This is a cool idea, especially since it's so culturally relevant right now. You may want to explore the idea of appropriation of black culture with twerking leaking into main stream via artists like Miley Cyrus and how it is perpetuated through media.

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  8. You can also research "Perreo" as it is called in Spanish and check out videos on YouTube on the subject. Another suggestion is to see some of the top artists such as Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, as they include a form of Twerking/Perreo in their videos.

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  9. A sat in the eyebrow threading salon today and on the screen they were playing "indian" music videos. As was to be expected there some dancing specifically belly dancing in the videos. I found this interesting as culture in that part of the world is known to be rather conservative. You could also explore those types of videos as well and perhaps discuss how provocative expressions in dance or consistent throughout all cultures.

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  10. Before Miley Cyrus made "twerking" popular in mainstream America, a group of hip-hop dancers names "twerk team" took YouTube by storm. You should look into them.

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