What God Doesn’t Give To You… – Has Laura Jane Grace found Total Clarity?

Has Laura Jane Grace found Total Clarity?
by Rob Knaggs


In May of 2012, Josh Eells of Rolling Stone released a story titled The Secret Life of Tom Gabel; an article detailing the interview between the music magazine’s journalist and the frontman of Floridian punk group, Against Me!, and his decision to publicly announce his enduring plight with gender dysphoria (Eells, 2012). The condition is described as a phenomenon in which a person feels their physical appearance and anatomical sex is contrary to their gender identity. The experience is accompanied by a persistent feeling of discomfort, social anxiety and distaste for their own body (Blunden and Dale, 2009). Gabel explains his dysphoria “The cliché is that you’re a woman trapped in a man’s body, but it’s not that simple. It’s a feeling of detachment from your body and from yourself.  And it’s shitty, man. It’s really fucking shitty” (Eells, 2012). Continue reading “What God Doesn’t Give To You… – Has Laura Jane Grace found Total Clarity?”

An Anthropologic Perspective on Creative Practice

A Critical Analysis of the Performance Practice,
the Originality and the Development of Davy Dillinger.
A Research Paper for QUT Creative Performer
Rob Knaggs

Upon being accepted to the Queensland University of Technology, I was a competent cellist accompanied by awards in theatre with a vision of learning to adopt production technology to my own performances. Coincidently to the first weeks of semester, I was employed into a live music venue where local musicians and internationally renowned stars are both able to grace the stage, in turn, empowering me to strive to become a dynamic performing artist. For better or worse, these musical acts were all influential in how I wish to perform. As a creative performer and student of a tertiary institution, I am able to provide context to what I perform and understand the origins of what I choose portray and amplify on stage. For my end of year showcase, I will be presenting an act under the guise of Davy Dillinger, a conceptual punk rock group performing original works of my own composition. In this paper, I will discuss, intellectualize and analyse the notions of anthropologic theory and philosophy within my own creative practice.  The paper will then deconstruct my performance approaches by utilizing methods within performance philosophies to then be supported by academic evidence and examples of creative artists that embody or portray these specific methods. The focus will be upon the Anthropology of Performance while also drawing on academia from Theories of the Body and Body Language. In addition to the supported inquiring analysis of my creativity, will be a discussion of my own personal development as a creative performer and how these theories are both influential and coincidently immersed into my practice. Continue reading “An Anthropologic Perspective on Creative Practice”