2015

Editor’s Note

The theme for this year’s publication of Aperture is Truth.

Unharnessed by human subjectivity, Truth is things as they really are, not as they are perceived to be. We often arrive at Truth through experimenting with and challenging our own subjective lens. In this way religion, art, and academia become channels which lead to an intersection between our perceptions and Truth. Jon Wainwright says that, “Truth is the single currency of the sovereign mind, the knowing subject, and the best thinking—in philosophy, science, art—discriminates between the objective and subjective sides of the coin, and appreciates both the unity of reality and the diversity of experience.” The work presented in Aperture utilizes essays, screenplays, and new media to arrive at Truth. Each form functions as a method for finding it, whether by reason, supposal, or reinterpretation, and acknowledges the intricacies and nuances of Truth, which arise from its existing on both sides of that objective/subjective coin. The challenge in all of this—for the creator as well as the spectator—is to give ourselves over to Truth and allow our own perceptions to undergo renovation. In publishing this new edition, we hand the creative process over to you, our readers, so that you might experience your own intersections and expansion of understanding.

 

Disneyland

Disneyland Daze

by Hailey Robertson

The last time I was at Disneyland I decided to make this video when I found that the Ferris Wheel looked eerily like a hypnotic spinning wheel. Guests of the park are hypnotized into throwing their money at the park and leave with nothing but a blurry memory of rides, lines, and a stuffed Olaf.

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Barton and Charlie

The Burly Man: Masculinity and Homosociality in Barton Fink

by Sam Reimer

I explore the link between the development of masculinity and homosociality in Barton Fink. Through the titular character and his relationship with Charlie Meadows, I look at Barton’s construction and development of an idiosyncratic form of masculinity and how this is achieved through homosociality and male intimacy, looking at the progressive suggestions made towards gender theory and gender construction.

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Larry Quall's Bridge Footage

The Documentarian as Tourist: Travel and Representation in Documentary

by Merritt Mecham

Documentary film has long been associated with travel and culture. However, some historical examples of documentary have been problematic, leading to a denigration of the documentary ideals with their “outside looking in” sensibility. As film tourism becomes a rising field of interest, this portion of documentary history is in danger of repetition unless documentarians utilize the nobler ideas of documentary in order to cultivate a deeper understanding between people, filmmaker, and audience.

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Bella, Edward, and Jacob

Race Through Bella’s Eyes: Contending Racial Depictions in New Moon and Eclipse

by Sam Reimer

This paper looks at the racial depiction of Native Americans in the Twilight Saga, exploring the historic representations of Native Americans in Hollywood, construction and reinterpretation of vampire and werewolf lore, the hybridization of the romance and horror genre in the films, the role of Bella’s point of view, and how these factors reduce Native Americans to regressive stereotypes and promote white supremacy.

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Scarlet Johansson in Under the Skin

Empathetic Feminist Cinema: How Sex, Nudity, Mirrors, and Voyeurism Function to Subvert Scopophilic Expectations in Under the Skin

by Claire Asplund

This essay synthesizes Laura Mulvey and Tania Modleski’s feminist film theories to examine Jonathan Glazer’s 2013 film Under the Skin as a piece of feminist film that subverts audience expectations in order to indict the male gaze. This results in a discussion of the real dangers of scopophilia and an assertion that empathetic portrayals of the female experience are essential to cinema.

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