"[Gaga Stigmata has] very modern, edgy photography to free flowing, urban narratives without censure to analytical essays, et cetera—like Gaga, imagination without ... limits. And the beauty is that anyone can submit work to the site, so artists and writers from all over the [world] have joined this experiment." -The Declaration.org

"Since March 2010, [Gaga Stigmata] has churned out the most intense ongoing critical conversation on [Lady Gaga]."
-Yale's The American Scholar

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Interview Question



We've been asked the following question in an interview:
Why should we care about Lady Gaga?
Please share your answer with us in the comments (we would like to share your thoughts with our interviewer!).
xoxo
Gaga Stigmata

24 comments:

  1. Because she is causing very real social change, or at the very least agitating social circuits. She is regarded as a leader in a community of future leaders. And in order to better gage what is to come in the next 10 years, we must care, investigate, and look at the influences on tomorrow's leaders today.

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  2. She is the first social media super[pop]star, having dominated the eyes and ears of the airwaves and cyberspace. She's used this opportunity to move the hearts and stir the minds of millions, all the while remaining a positive role-model to disaffected youth, who expound the gospel of Gaga with feverish devotion. The industry has noted her formula for success and you can expect to see Gaga to affect the momentum of pop culture for at least the next 25 years.

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  3. Popularity aside, in addition to all of her work as a political activist for the LGBT community and the spread of social change and celebration of diversity in general, she is a fascinating intellectual who challenges and redefines notions of pop culture through fashion, performance art, song and dance. What makes Gaga so incredible is how she manages to blur the lines between modes of performance. No matter what she does, she imbues it with meaning and significance. She is a hybrid of pop-star and aesthete.

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  4. Because she is the first star in a very, very long time that has made a legitimate connection with her fans, particularly her young LGBT fans. For people like me, who can't find support from their friends or family, going to the Monster Ball is like being hugged for the first time in your life. She creates a safe space of love and support that means the world to me and all the other little monsters out there. The world's a scary place, but you damn well know that if you see someone else wearing a prayer bracelet or a Gaga shirt, you'll have something to talk about.

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  5. Because she's changing what it means to be a star. Because her self-reflexive construction of her star text is reflective of the fluid nature of the media used to convey it. Because she's a polarizing cultural force, which usually indicates something important is happening [around her].

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  6. We should care because as an artist, Lady Gaga is obsessively studied, extensively thoughtful, and unblinkingly honest... as well as disarmingly charismatic. By choosing as her medium the most insipid form of popular stardom (thereby showing herself a master of, among other things, one of the most vilified and envied forms of expression: commercial dance pop), she manages to communicate with more people than any artist could ever dream of reaching. And what she communicates is positive in a way that is cathartic, complex, and all-embracing. Fascinating and important.

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  7. Here's how I would answer: The issue isn't 'why we should care?' But 'how do we care?' The former question requires of us to give reasons, extraneous to our experiences, in order to account for the validity of the experience. But that is not what Lady Gaga's music and art of pop make available. More than any other artist right now, Gaga's work puts experience in and of itself at the forefront of our engagement with the work, and thus compels us to have to come to terms with the 'how' of attention - that is, her work makes a claim on our attentions, variously conceived, and in doing so, it invites us to come to terms with the partitions - and the limits of the partitions - that structure our modes of attending to the experiences of a world that appears. In this way, the question is not the normative, moral question of 'why should we care?' but the more pressing aesthetic and ethical question of what are the structures of concern that make it possible for our attending to Lady Gaga's works. This means, first and foremost, that there will be no answer to the 'why should we care?' question that will satisfy. The fact of the matter is that we shouldn't care - in the sense that there is nothing in the work that insists on the normative 'should.' And yet we do care by attending to the work, by allowing it to be a site of experience. To come to terms with the 'how do we care?' is the curatorial ethos at stake in Lady Gaga's works.

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  8. She brings the 'pop' back to pop music/clothes/stardom/everything/whatever. Pop is not commerical; it's pop.

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  9. Because she is the first 21st century pop star, running a multimedia dynasty and truly passionate about connecting with her fans and seeing her music spread in as many ways as possible.

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  10. The question is at once banal and arrogant, profound and necessary. It asks as much from the fan as it does from the artist. Communication/connection is liquor of the soul and the poet above all others distills this spirit offering it up as appeasement/sacrifice/celebration. Gaga has built an organic massive platform in this age of corporate-driven massive platforms. Her ability to connect/communicate is limited only by her strength of individualism. She has reached a level very few poets/artists attain. Her performances and work have the potential to affect millions and given that she is the principal driving force behind her work; (not promoters/record label execs etc) as concerned souls striving to understand, celebrate and participate in the grand conversation… We Should Care.

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  11. Fuse To show Lady GAGA Show?! any thoughts? http://bit.ly/jAiRkg

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  12. It isn't a matter of caring, specifically, so much as not dismissing the girl as the sum of her clothes and wigs. Her musical and artistic influences are so readily worn on her sleeves that her every performance is a veritable I Spy game of cultural/historical borrowings--a truly fascinating and intelligent mosaic of visual metaphor played out on the largest media stage ever seen. That's the draw--her outrageous image, love it or hate it, renders you incapable of ignoring her; you simply can't not look at her. But her genius is in the interplay she has developed with her army of fans--her invitation to project the image you wish to become, just as she as done with her fashion armor. She wants so much for you to follow her down the rabbit hole.

    Deeper than that, though (and the heart of the matter), is the fact that anyone willing to look past the facade of her extreme fashion sees a good kid who has used her unprecedented fame and influence not to lock herself away in multi-million dollar mansions, but to make the lost (and not so lost) among her fans feel like a million bucks. For those of us whose heart seams she has popped, you root for her because you get the very real sense that she's rooting for you.

    Should we care? You're either drawn to the girl or you aren't. The question is does she matter? And the answer is yes.

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  13. Some people have said as much:

    If you are interested in understanding people, you have to study what they like, what they think, and what they do. Right now, a fuckton of people like think and do Gaga.

    Eddie

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  14. Why? Because Lady Gaga is smart. She is thoughtful and intentional. Her product is multiplex, and she pokes fun at the products (and the consumers) themselves.

    And as Eddie wrote above, a fuckton of people like her. The basic fact that so many millions of people are fascinated by her (and buy her product) makes her worthy of study. I mean, we are living in a post-modern world, right? (or a post- postmodern world?)

    *Jocelyn

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  15. Because she is the reflection we see in the mirrow, she is the incarnation of pop culture in all its glory + @o_goshjosh

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  16. The question itself holds the answer: because she makes people ask the question. She is consciously deliberately thoughtfully deconstructing and reconstructing pop culture on the fly. That she can inspire anyone to ask that question demonstrates the depth and breadth of her success in changing the world, one pop culture sequin at a time

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  17. Made you look > made you listen > made you think.

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  18. Why? Because she was sent to earth by Princess Diana as a brilliant dark angel of justice, to protect Britney Spears when the world started to close in on her. And how is she protecting the Britney, the People's Princess? By taking her glory and assuming her throne, of course, so Britney can survive.

    HOLY TRINITY
    Goddess Diana
    Daughter Britney
    Holy Spirit Gaga

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  19. because she is the symbol of postmodernism, or post-postmodernism (nevermind). She is able to mix everything without any boundaries, her art is miscellaneous and available to everyone.

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  20. She has elevated the standards of the music industry.

    Looking at interviews, she's clever, thoughtful, and engaging.

    Her image, music, and activism have ignited us Little Monsters. And we're taking over the world.

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  21. Lady Gaga does all of the above, and she makes obvious the small moments that make life crunchy, smoothy, and silvery. She reminds us that love and life are universal for everyone--including those of us from GOAT.

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  22. because no other artist out there today makes music as layered, relevant, polarizing, and as thoughtful as Gaga; and because no one can simultaneously celebrate and give a big fuckyou to our current culture the way she does: with intelligence, confidence and (dare i say) grace.

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  23. Hi!! I just simply love her.. with the way she acts, simply the best.. no more whys.. ^^

    http://welovegaga.com/index.php?option=com_kunena&view=entrypage&defaultmenu=4&Itemid=2

    ---our Gaga forum..

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