Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Clodagh Byrne 

BA [Hons] New Media Studies

My name is Clodagh Byrne and I am a New Media Studies (NMS) student from IADT, Dun Laoghaire. I have a broad interest in media related subjects which include, storytelling through podcasting, film and photography. I have skills in editing as well as scriptwriting for screen. In my four years of studying I have produced a wide range of projects which include a short film, a podcast, a documentary, a photography project as well as written pieces. Ever since I was young, I have been in love with movies and documentaries and have always been eager to give an audience member the same feelings I felt as a young girl. I hope to continue this love throughout my future career.

From Subversion to Commodification: Analyzing how ‘Dirty Realism’ and Mulvey’s ‘Male Gaze’ Reveals the Cultural Phenomenon ‘Heroin Chic.

My thesis surrounds the topic of the 1990s phenomenon 'Heroin Chic.' For my thesis, I was required to deliver a Critical essay surrounding the topic as well as a four-part podcast series. For my Critical Essay, I delve into the era that surrounds 'Heroin Chic' by comparing and contrasting infamous photographers such as Davide Sorrenti, Corrine Day and Nan Goldin and how they contributed to the movement of 'Dirty Realism'. As well that, I also analyzed how these photographers contributed to Laura Mulvey's concept of the male gaze and how it was reflected through 'Heroin Chic's' fashion photography. For my podcast, I delved into the world of 'Heroin Chic' by uncovering it's darker theme. In this podcast I break my subjects up episodically as I cover subjects such as Body Image, the Psychology Behind Body Image, How Trends come and go, Heroin Chic's controversy as well as how Heroin Chic can be seen today. My podcast is an immersive podcast that includes soundscapes to create a mesmerizing experience for the listener.