Title

Pills + porn: exploring the conventions and implications of digital pharma spam

Class Year

2017

Access Type

Archival Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department or Program

Media Studies Program

First Advisor

Molly Nesbit

Second Advisor

Patrick McElnea

Abstract

Pills + Porn is a critical exploration of the aesthetics, conventions, and salient characteristics of digital spam, with particular attention to how the relationship of images and words in spam creates a unique visual and textual language. My work focuses on pharmaceutical spam or ‘pharma spam’, a format that both represents and acts on the body, and encompasses any and all types of spam that advertise products that are aimed at enhancing bodily appearance, performance, and/or health. Through a mixed media installation, I explore the symbolic and material aspects of pharma spam and what they reveal about contemporary anxieties, desires, and assumptions about health, performance, and various types of bodily manipulation or enhancement.

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