Major Project

Home decor research

Speaking to a few different people – 90s/00s decor

Magazines and ‘trends’ – people trying to keep up with trends

Consider 2006-2008 – TV shows/celebrity decor, how this would effect people trying to keep up with the trends

90s – people will not decorate their house each year – consider a mix of 90s-00s trends

Major Project

Minor Project feedback:

Tuesday 9th January 2018


  • picking out elements of my work that are important and make them clearer when presenting
  • structure of my presentation – making sure everything is in an order which is easier to comprehend
  • changing elements of presentation – e.g. primary research being presented in a bound book? (emphasising important elements)


The text

  • Deeper analysis of the other characters in the play – the residents and their reasons for what they say and do, how they decorate their houses and present themselves
  • sub-text/reading between the lines – looking at the characters language and their motivation to say the things they do in relation to situations (different response in public rather than in private?)
  • DEEPER ANALYSIS – reasons why the characters make their decisions/why they present themselves that way


Investigate first-hand experiences and stories of prostitutes – a support charity/a prostitute? Contacting different people to get answers

Investigate the article on the mother than condemned the BBC Documentary about the events of London Road

Need to be more rigorous of my perception of class – more discriminating, digging up more truths

Multilayered presentation – how the residents present their homes & how I present my concept

The girls – unearth their identity after hours

Narrative for everything I do – reinvestigation – caption everything I do

Identity of the characters – do they have an identity or do they represent anyone in their position? Anyone = the stereotype of their characters?

Truth of the piece – needs much deeper investigation into the text

Consider niave work/drawings – figurative work & pictures
Research Clapham Junction – living in the window of  department store
Research Kein Holtz – constructs
Research Taschen – a thousand/hundred families (book)
Contact Ipswich Library – newspapers from 2006-2008, see what they say about the incidents

More tongue & cheek in my work

WHY? – ask more questions – culturally/economically

Who are these people I’m presenting? I have the freedom to present this in a far more documentary way? – More permanent sets, can be very detailed




Practice in Context

Tutorial (3)

What is the impact of current media representations on prostitution?

  • media theory on stereotyping
  • expectations vs. reality
  • appendix for quotes for primary research (after text and before bibliography)
  • speculative conclusions
  • gather together historical and contemporary imagery for comparison together
  • discussing the result of strong media representation of prostitution and stigma:

media representation and preconditioned thoughts override primary knowledge and are seemingly more valid to a subject.. consider how expectation can alter someones willingness to be truthful



Practice in Context


Title Page – Stigma & Sex Work

Introduction – discussion on the power of language and how there is evidence to show this can effect preconception and stereotype. Also include suggestion of this language warping the class system.

Resources – The Red Umbrella, Judith Butler, Gayatri Spivak, Luce Iragaray, primary research

Main body [different slides including different information] –

  • the history of sex work and how this has effected stigma
  • imagery relating to prostitution and how visual language is strong – discuss primary research (include discussion on the class of the media and how this with effect who sees it and therefore differ class perceptions)
  • small clips that relate to discussion & quotes
    -“Turning a human into a thing is almost always the first step towards justifying violence against that person” -Jean Kilbourne
    “The unrecognized contradiction within a position that valorizes the concrete experience of the oppressed, while being so uncritical about the historical role of the intellectual, is maintained by a verbal slippage.” In critical theory and postcolonialism, the term subaltern designates the populations which are socially, politically and geographically outside of the hegemonic power structure of the colony and of the colonial homeland.

    -“a woman’s self is divided between her use and exchange values and she is only desired for the exchange value. This system creates three types of women: The Mother, who is all use value; the Virgin, who is all exchange value, and the Prostitute, who embodies both use and exchange value.”
    -“The society we know, our own culture, is based upon the exchange of women. Without the exchange of women, we are told, we would fall back into the anarchy (?) of the natural world, the randomness (?) of the animal kingdom. The passage into the social order, into the symbolic order, into order as such, is assured by the fact that men, or groups of men, circulate women among themselves, according to a rule known as the incest taboo.”“Are men all equally desirable? Do women have no tendency toward polygamy? The good anthropologist does not raise such questions. A fortiori: why are men not objects of exchange among women? It is because women’s bodies-through their use, consumption, and circulation-provide for the condition making social life and culture possible, although they remain an unknown “infrastructure” of the elaboration of that social life and culture. The exploitation of the matter that has been sexualized female is so integral a part of our sociocultural horizon that there is no way to interpret it except within this horizon.”


Minor Project

Translating the script and picking lines for my response that translate the correct political message

Lines that indicate class differentiation:

Act one Section one

“regenenting this street”

“problem with the girls”

“still a few around.. can concern ourselves with them”

“clear the streets”

“bad press.. prostitute area”

“we wouldn’t have got that [the mayor judging flowers] without the murders would we?”

“our reputation round ‘ere” [because of the prostitution]

“ne’er-do-wells ta start creeping back”

(refers to them as tarts) – not taking the murders seriously, discriminatory behaviour

(Dodge Section two – dismisses victims and says community are also equally victims)
“but theres also other victims, you know the people that lived her and had ta put up with it” [the prostitution]

(comment about liking the events)

(Kirsty’s boyfriend page 13)
“when she’s got a person which is a legend anyway and an ex-boxer” [talking about Wright?]

“Don’t be a prostitute and don’t get into a strangers car which is which was the obvious thing really wasn’t it” – ignorance

“the main concern was once again – callin’ us a red-light area”

“If he couldn’t find a prostitute – then that would could be – a just an ordinary woman so that – made people a little bit scary”
“if he couldn’t find a prostitute – then that would could be – a just an ordinary – woman”
their concern only rises when it is ‘ordinary women’ and not prostitutes 

“police presence around the area from the sort of second girl going missing” – no police for the first girl, not considered important/unusual

new measures in place as a result of the murders – any help for the prostitutes?

“we hoped it was an immigrant, from nish-noff land” “I reckon its one Polish bastard”

“isso sorta run outta, s-s-steam a bit, with thing ta, photograph” – people treat it like a fictional drama, wants something else to happen?

“I think its getting borin’ now. In as much as theres nothing happenin’ is ther? Ya see what would really make a difference now is if some – another girl was found murdered.” – just care about the news, don’t see the girls as people

“I bin affected really because you can’t get in an’ out of the area. It’s a bit of a nuisance really..”

“little skaggy little whore”


Act two Section one

“I jus’ pray and hope that those girls weren’t killed in the flat”

“its a blot on the landscape”

“it just sort of sep-depressed me. It depressed me living next door – ya know an’ I just sort of thought ‘Ohh I wanna be in a nice area”

“No we don’t wanna hear about the silly plane crash. No one died in that! Ha ha ha.”

“They’re tryin’ to get them off the drugs. Cos thats the problem” – instead of the murderer

“they do all sorts of things for these girls, s-s-they all – even offer ’em free dentistry now”
consider helping the prostitutes to be a problem, believe they should come last

“The prostitutes seemed to come up this way. We had reported prostitutes – I confronted one. I said ‘get out of my road. I’ll call the police!’ She said ‘Call the police!’ and I did. Ha ha ha. Ha Ha. They’re so so sort of hard – hard-nosed aren’t they?”

“the only time that we got rid of them is becos they’re not ‘ere any more. – the prostitutes have gone, because they’ve been murdered


The Iceni Centre scene

“there was a lot of us out at one time”

“there must ha’ bin thirty gels out there”

“an’ it has been because of the murders that we’ve all stopped”

“I got regulars / that phone and we see, ya know. We won’t work the street but got a few regulars that keep us goin’.” – murders stopped the girls from working

“even since the murders took place like theres no point goin’ down there for one becos / all the cars get stopped and you just get arrested all the time.”

“I wanna get myself clean”

“getting myself clean out of – since the murders” – getting help to get clean and get a new job since the murders

“theres been help given us”

“An’ jus’ do like instead of hundreds pounds’ worth of drugs a day now all I do is like fifteen pounds’ worth of drugs a day now if that / but if I get the money..”

“from where I am now to what I was a year ago like there is such a change”

“Like I’ve never been this big either I was like a size fucking six”

“It took all that for anyone to start helpin’ us.” [the murders]

“Yeah thats what upsettin’. It took those – it took five girls. Thats what make me feel I wanna get clean for ’em because its took their lives for them to think about and go ‘Come on. Lets get these girls off the street.’ – it took five girls being murdered for action to be taken


“I think we’ve been scarred for ever. Women will never trust men again” – selfish thinking 

“They certainly weren’t angels. Ya’ow lotta them talkin’ bout them bein’ – lovely girls an’ everything an’ all our experiences, they’re well foul mouthed slags, really, / who’d stab you as quick as” – still label them after their deaths, oblivious to their struggle

“I can imagine for erm people that lived outside the area where the prostitutes hadn’t affected anyone, you would get a different opinion, you would get people feeling sorry for them and so forth. Erm but to actually – for people that lived round it an’ the prostitutes made our lives hell. Why should we feel sorry for them? You know theres plenty of other people in the world that need to be thought about other than, other than the girls. Ya know I feel sorry for the families but not them. Ya know it was just a pain in the arse. They were a complete pain in the neck. Ya know – they they’re better off ten foot under. Thats a horrible thing to say isn’t it? But. Whats happened’s happened but I’m not sad. Ya know. Id still shake his hand. I’d love to just shake his hand an’ say ‘Thank you very much for getting rid of them.’ I-I wou – I would if I – if you the – ya know – at the end of the day – if you had the courage to do it. Then uhm, I’d shake their hand if I had the courage but I wouldn’t – I wouldn’t do it. But – I can have that thought in my-my head to say ‘Yeah thank you very much.”
glad they are gone, nothing makes them feel sad about it, does not want help for surviving girls, prostitutes ‘made their lives worse’

“its a terrible shame, its – I mean, we’re – reaping na benefits of what ‘appened really. Which is a, theres always a silver lining! Ha.”

“worked non-stop to organise this event” – selfish for the neighbourhood, does not welcome everybody