Deconstructing Zoe 52" Documentary

Rosa Fong, Chowee/ Zoe Leow (Performer), Mark Fremaux (Other), June Wood (Other), Jasper Wilkinson (Composer)

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    Research aims: My film project seeks to explore and capture the way that race and gender are performed on screen, and the ways in which the medium and the form of representation can reinforce or challenge stereotypes. Research Question To what extent are ethnicity and gender performative? To what extent is that performance constrained by western stereotypical perceptions of the exotic Oriental? To what extent are those perceptions negative? To what extent can performance allow the performer to take ownership of and manipulate those stereotypes? What implications such goals have on the filmmaking process and the resulting shape of the film? If gender is ‘performed’, ‘manufactured through a sustained set of acts, posited through the gendered stylization of the body’, (Butler, 1999) then can the same also be said of race? Do we act out in ways that consolidate an impression of what it is to be Chinese, for example, which lies at the core of my project? Current postmodern critiques of identity are thus also of interest here, and in relation to performativity, masquerade, mimicry, drag and simulacrum are key terms used in this diverse approach to notions of identity. It is the investigation of these aspects of performance that comprise the research questions for this project.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherBanana Skin
    Media of outputVideo file
    Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2016


    • race
    • gender
    • identity
    • transgender
    • gender queer
    • gender fluid
    • film
    • documentary
    • performing race
    • performing gender


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