Home - between screens

Holden, Shellie (2022) Home - between screens. Excursions, 12 (1). (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper offers a representation of the author’s complex and gendered experiences of ‘home’ during the Covid 19 pandemic (March 2020 - Sept 2021), experienced from the autoethnographic perspective of an arts practitioner. The theme is explored in the experimental spaces and intersections ‘between screens’ (home/work, virtual/actual, digital/textile, professional/domestic, academic/creative). The enquiry is pursued through an interdisciplinary practice, which generates both theory through practice and a theorised practice, to enact and illuminate the entanglement of the professional/domestic, embodied by this artist/mother/lecturer/Ph.D. candidate whilst performing her/my role(s) and homeworking within the domestic environment. Viewing Chantal Akerman’s 1975 film, Jeanne Deilman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles in early lockdown was instrumental in thinking through this professional/domestic ‘work(wo)manship’ (my neologisms). When witnessed through Microsoft TEAMS and Zoom technologies, domestic gestures can become lasting artefacts of daily house/home life, whilst also operating as a method of arts production. My intention within this paper is to develop a practice-based discourse on the professional/domestic phenomenon of working from home, situated between Jeanne Dielman and Bracha L. Ettinger (a psychoanalyst, visual analyst, and artist/painter), as a method to reflect upon the (in)visibility of occupations in the home. Professional/domestic life is explored through my D.I.Y. matrixial making methods to address how work(woman)ship can be ‘pieced’ or ‘stitched’ together, and where the (im)materiality of the screen is (re)positioned between textile theory and digital assemblage, intertwined with bricolage, assemblage, (Deleuze & Guattari) matrixial theory, (Ettinger) and art activism (Deepwell et al.) as a context for making work(wo)manship visible.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Matrixial; Domesticity; Auto - ethnography
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Wales Institute for Science & Art (WISA) > Academic Discipline: Art & Media
Depositing User: Lesley Cresswell
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2022 10:32
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2022 12:10
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/2042

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