Presentation on theme: "I am curious about… The nature of celebrity and its ontology Amy Winehouse, celebrity and the forces that created and destroyed her The Queen as a performer."— Presentation transcript:
Knownness I take knownness to means varying levels of tacit public knowledge about and appreciation of a performer, usually gained through a body of work and accomplishments, and a set of affirming interactions, networks and relationships accumulated over time. This is the core of enduring fame.
Celebrity I take celebrity to mean a particularly striking prominence and recognisability of a person in the various media forms, including Twitter and other social media. It is especially palpable and concrete, imbued with an individuals personas, and linked to public reception and resonance in consumers visual mindstreams through facial, name and brand recognition. Celebrity is a collocation of embodied phenomena with a disembodied set of mediatised images which become distributed and commoditized in global media outlets. Thus, at least partially, celebrity is manufactured and constructed in response to public taste and target markets. Its semantics also revolve around the associations of the word itself with particular public figures and it designation to certain types of people.
Performance ability vs product construction Codification of performance expectations or performing celebrity Reception as desire: to-be-like, to-be-with Existential connection, taste and identity Power and marketability of the image
The term visibility can be conceived as one indicator of the the degree of celebrity. This term is taken to mean both the overt representations in media forms and the reception of such representations by consumers, leading to how heightened the celebrity is in a consumer's consciousness or a distinct conjuration associated with a celebrity. It is this distinct coming-together or gestalt of representation and reception that creates visibility.
Back to Black became the UK's best selling album of the 21st century Winehouse's final recording was a duet entitled "Body and Soul" with Tony Bennet Died of alcohol poisoning at 27
Winehouses celebrity as a novel and idiosyncratic phenomenon containing a collocation or a concrescence of her distinctive style, presentation and voice, compared to Sarah Vaughan (her embodiments) connected soulful music that was inter-generational (her stylistic features) the archetypal story of the insignificant lower middle class Jewish girl made good (grand narrative of success and fall from grace) Juxtaposition of her sixties fashion sense with a punk sensibility (postmodern aesthetic perpetuated by the paparazzi) celebrity as a caustic phenomenon for her that shaped her subjectivity (she did not perform celebrity well or a resistance to construction as celebrity) Notoriety related to alcohol and drug consumption, and her extreme performances. (Faux Pas in tension with Nostalgia) Strong cross-generational receptionechoes of the past and embodiment in the present (potentiality as a historicity)
A gang of drug traffickers is inserting pictures of late British singer Amy Winehouse in their bags of cocaine to improve sales, Brazilian police said on Tuesday. The clear plastic bags carry a paper insert with a picture of the addicted 27-year-old singer, who died at her north London home on July 23. She is described in the insert as "Amy House". Bags of cocaine with Winehouse's picture were being sold at between 10 and 25 reals (about $6 to $15), said Lieutenant Colonel Glaucio Moreira, who led a police raid in the shanty town of Manginhos that made the find.
58 Years as Monarch Revered still, and by a younger generation
The Queens celebrity and fame as a novel and idiosyncratic phenomenon containing a collocation or a concrescence of Tradition (her historicity) and endurance (her personal stability and longevity) The performative of royalty (The Queen puts on royalty and becomes royalty as an embodied state that provokes a contrived reverential response) The sacred places of royalty (palaces of the geographical and palaces of the imagination) Royalty as framed commodity (framed as royal and so protected as royal, carefully constructed as royal) The mythology of beneficence (the Queen brings good or embodies good and charitability) Her authority de jure (her being as Queen is at the core of the legal system)