Dangerous Agencies: Norns, Games and Aesthetics of Emergence

Krzywinska, Tanya (2016) Dangerous Agencies: Norns, Games and Aesthetics of Emergence. Dangerous Women Project, no volume number. ISSN no Issn

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Abstract / Summary

Seeking ways for disturbing simplified gender alignments, my art work sets out to articulate a more complex take on gender and power. Motherhood is certainly one clear form of power, one that causes all kinds of trouble – perhaps the original trouble. Instead, my current work concentrates on power of a rather different kind.  What I am interested in is Fate. In particular, the way in which Fate is embodied by the Norns of Norse of Mythology: the three women who appear to preside over the destiny of ‘men’. I propose that The Norns provide our own culture with a way of thinking about our own ability to make choices in a world full of contingency. As such, I’m calling on the figures of the Norns in my painting (and here in my writing) as a means of drawing into question how we think about our agency and power to act on our world. I’m calling onto the field of play those big metaphysical and existential questions that are so often marginalised within the seductive immediacy of consumer culture. As such, it should be borne in mind that my repurposing of the Norse Norns is always an imaginative and hermeneutic engagement rather than a literary or historical one. I am putting us in danger – a necessary danger – of calling time on the ‘hero’ narrative that we often have about ourselves to remind us how alienated and subjugated we all are

Item Type: Article
ISSN: no Issn
Subjects: Computer Science, Information & General Works
Technology > Digital Works > Digital Games
Arts > Fine Art
Research
Depositing User: Tanya Krzywinska
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2019 14:21
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2019 14:21
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/1861

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