Tommaso Speretta

AIDS JUNGLE. Cinema, video art and mass media: homosexuality and the discursive narratives of the AIDS crisis.

Central Saint Martins

My research is concerned with the analysis of AIDS as a linguistic construction.

It examines, on one side, how AIDS has been historically theorized, in particular by mass media, as a gay disease; on the other, it deals with video art and experimental filmmaking as the grounds used to reshape the concept of AIDS and renegotiate its social meanings.

In addition, it investigates how AIDS has offered an alternative model to exploit sexual identity as an effective tool for political resistance and cultural revolution, in the context of society’s historical association of homosexuality with deviancy and, in the AIDS era, with death and infection.

Supervisors

James Swinson

Dominic Janes (external)