For my final elit project I want to explore self-representation on Instagram. Not only the visuals, but also how cultural capital is valuable, but sometimes very hard to obtain.
My initial plan was to create an Instagram-persona, who “read” a lot of elit, but every time she wrote anything about it, what she wrote didn’t quite fit the piece. I wanted it to seem pretentious, but it turns out, I don’t really now what to write. The new plan is still “reviewing” elit, but I am trying a more fun approach now, where she barely read the cover sheet, but just scrolled through each piece. She might for example describe Soliloquy as “very minimalistic, and not having a lot of text” or Queerskins as “good that someone focuses on the issues with AIDS in Africa”.
The pictures will be a distraction from what is written in the caption. This is something I often see on Instagram. The more nudity, the less thoughtful content. My character could be anyone who wants a few extra virtual pats on the back, therefore she doesn’t have a face, or her face is never showed.
My elit piece might not get very text heavy, but I think of it more as a comic strip. I want people to think about those people they see, that read a new book every other day, while going to the theater several times a week, where they will have a glass of rosé, and all at the same time they have a full-time job. It seems too good to be true, right?
I think my difficulties throughout this project will be that I have to post something at least once a day for the next three weeks, and I’m not usually one that post a lot. I still need to figure out how or if there will be a story line. I think she might become aware that she seems very stupid, but then become more and more desperate to seem clever, but she doesn’t have the skill to do so, which just makes her seem more and more pretentious. But I am not really sure how to do this. I think I just need to jump into it head first and then I will make it up as go.
Follow me on @constance_lit (but like wait till tomorrow, then stuff should be happening).