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Title: “Pride, Otaku Matsuri” 
Author: Skoch, Stephen
Date: 2007-05
Abstract: In 2005 I applied for and received an Arts and Humanities travel scholarship so that I could attend a martial arts event called Pride Fighting Championship Otoko Matsuri in Saitama, Japan. This trip was intended to help me formulate and gather ideas for a possible thesis topic. My initial plan was to photograph this event and from that, create a body of work. Most likely this would have been an exhibition with a social commentary romanticizing violence and spectatorship as a thing of beauty and honor (plates 1-6). Upon my return, I realized that this was an impossible subject, far too broad and complex to do justice to. Out of this dilemma grew a new direction, eventually becoming a case where art imitates life; a commentary on my struggle to maintain the passion of an artist. My method of depicting this struggle was to create a narrative based installation where I could represent the dreamer within all of us, beginning with a nostalgic look at childhood and ending with a revolving-door glimpse of adult life. This exhibition was not meant to be a social commentary, but rather an ironic metaphor for growing up. It represented the obsessions for all things we love and live to see fulfilled, even to our own detriment. It epitomized the obstacles and nuisances which interfere in life, forcing us to desert the things that we're most passionate about, essentially killing our dream.
Description: Thesis (M.F.A.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2007.
Pages/Duration: vi, 34 leaves
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/20337
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.

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