Some time ago I posed a question to our community on social media: what does identity mean to you? Does it have personal, cultural, or creative implications? Perhaps all those, and others besides?
I got some very interesting answers, and we’re leaving the question open-ended. If you’d like to contribute and tell us what identity means to you personally or to your community, you can comment, tweet, send us a Facebook message, or e-mail me at clioDOTmontreyATfhstpDOTacDOTat.
One of my favourites was this video, submitted by singer-songwriter Gloria Guns from Canada: “I wrote a song (as Scary Bear Soundtrack) about my identity as a Canadian of Asian descent, and how people treat me based on their perceptions of my identity.”
I asked my colleague Barbara what she thought, and she responded: “Insatiable curiosity, art, and passion.”
“Identity is, essentially, repetition and memory. But even without memory, there still needs to be repetition. Say it with me.”
Victor Baez, composer/pianist (Mexico/USA)
“I am 1. What I Make and 2. How I Love.”
Sally Whitwell, composer/pianist (Australia)
“Identity is who I believe myself to be, and sometimes, who I strive to be.“
Steph Linsdell, composer/singer-songwriter (Australia)
“SVM QVI SVM“
Karlheinz Essl, composer/performer
On December 2, The University of Applied Sciences St. Pölten (our home institution) held an info day. We were there to interact and gather contributions from visitors to the event. Have a look on our Tumblr community gallery more contributions from this event, as well as from previous calls.
What’s your take on identity?
Featured image: a still from Gloria’s video. Paper dolls for the video were made by Esther Song-Ledlow.