Gender/Sexuality/Media - Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University


While some commentators in the media assert that we are living in post-feminist, post-gay times, gender and sexuality remain sites of contestation and struggle. This project, led by Suzie Silver of the School of Art, will explore issues surrounding gender expression, sexuality, and gender representation in media in the 21st century. At its heart is the creation of a web-based TV variety show series called “Bait and Switch,” a Dadaist Variety Show for the 21st Century. The programming for this show will include: stand-up theory, short documentaries, video art, animation, comedy, interviews, literary presentations, performance art, and much more. Visiting artists and scholars will take part in public events relating to this project, and will participate in the formulation, development and production of “Bait and Switch.” Beginning in fall 2012, a new interdisciplinary undergraduate course will be offered, combining gender theory and media production relating to the variety show. The project will culminate in the creation of a book and DVD version of “Bait and Switch.”

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