“I am not tortured, I am schizophrenic. I’m expressing the crash of my contradictions, the romanticism in sadomasochism, for example. It’s a striptease without taboos of my imagination.”

Alexander McQueen, August 2002 translated from Vogue France

“Being naked approaches being revolutionary; going barefoot is mere populism.

John Updike
Pixelated Nude Dress by Lana
(BEWARE I’m not wearing my body)
American Apparel Tights
Vivienne Westwood Shoes
Somewhere between the story of Lady Godiva, Schiele‘s disturbing nudes, and a naked Marina Abramovic with a replica skeleton, I was clueless on how exactly to begin this article. So I did what anyone who has difficulty structuring all of their ideas would do, I went on facebook. A friend posted a photography link, another a 80s music video, yet another was complaining about life and/or society, and I had two new likes on one of the photos you’re seen above. It seems that now everyone, but most importantly, everything is on display online.
Just like Alexander McQueen was performing a mental striptease with each of his collections, so are we exposing ourselves daily. Every time we go on facebook, every time we twitter, we share a bit more of ourselves. Privacy does seem to be a thing of the past. I don’t want to start a discussion on the negative aspects of online social networking, as I do think there is one major advantage to these: the development of communities that share and form ideas and opinions.
Yet, there is one thing that I believe we should keep in mind before going (mentally) naked in front of our 500 friends. Is what you’re giving equal with what you’re gaining? Is the way in which you are exposing yourself online helping in terms of your personal development? My personal answer is a heartfelt ‘YES’, I use social networks in order to build like-minded communities, I enjoy being part of a community and I enjoy sharing my preferences with my friends and seeing theirs. Yet, I try not to forget that there is an entire world out there, and it’s beautiful, even if sometimes flawed.
As I kept thinking about how to approach this post, I stumbled upon the new Vivienne Westwood campaign consisting of a 100 day online installation. All images are illustrative of Westwood’s ideas of Active Resistance. Here’s what she said about it.
‘The principal idea of Active Resistance is that you get out of life what you put in and that real experience of the world involves thinking. It is not enough to follow world politics, see films and read the prize-winning best seller. This is superficial, you need to go deep in order to understand who you are, what the world is and how things could be better. This involves culture which can only be acquired by self-education: human beings should mirror the world.’
I, of course, could not have said it better. Now let’s go look at the sky and dream ★