Tiara Shafiq

Creatrix of Awesome, The Merch Girl
St Lucia Qld, Australia

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Interdisciplinary Iconoclast and Creatrix of Awesome

♥ Performance artist - using burlesque, circus, improv, physical theatre, street theatre, spoken word, and stage work to tell personal stories and express political opinions {culture, society, appropriation, stereotypes}

♥ Production assistant - stage management, event management, merch & door, front of house, backstage, personal assistance, research, ideas, media production, gophering, promotions & marketing, fan management, artist liaison

♥ Creative producer - blogger, writer, Web geek, essayist, model, conceptualiser, artistic director, speaker, editorial, host/MC, radio announcer, events/gigs, IdeaParties, all sorts of creative projects

Languages

Bengali, English, Malay

Areas of Expertise

New Media, Brainstorming, Creative thinking, Cultural Diversity, Ideas, Intercultural Communication, performance art, Intersectionality, Sex-positivity, Sex Positive performance

An idea worth spreading

Eliminate visas. Seriously, what's the point of restricting travel to those already super-privileged anyway?

I'm passionate about

People being able to represent themselves, their identities, and their stories however they want without obstructions

Talk to me about

Performance art, gender, sexuality, queer issues, race & culture, intersectionality, burlesque, creative blogging, awesomeness, feminism, grassroots socio-politics

People don't know I'm good at

Likely adapting to new circumstances a lot better than anticipated.

My TED story

Heard about the idea a lot and thought it was nifty!

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Tiara Shafiq
Posted about 3 years ago
TED should select "normal people" to attend its primary annual event, i.e. people selected on merit.
When organisations and groups talk about judging people based on merit, they're usually scanning for achievements like participation in major groups or having starting so-and-so project or whatever. However, what if you're just struggling to get by? What if you don't have the money to be able to afford whizzing off to universities or conferences everywhere to "make a difference"? What if you're in a minority that makes it hard to be taken seriously? It's worth looking at the idea of privilege - start with Unpacking the White Knapsack and go from there. I used to be quite the conference junkie, but I noticed that there was often a lot of talk and fervour - but not a lot of action. There were grand ideas and projects occasionally, but how has it effected change a year on? Or two?
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Tiara Shafiq
Posted about 3 years ago
TED should select "normal people" to attend its primary annual event, i.e. people selected on merit.
Thank you for noting that! I thought it was a little bit iffy. Though I would agree about setting sights too low. Having tons of money (which seems to be the core criterion to attend TED) does not make you any more worthy. There are plenty of bright passionate people who will NEVER be able to achieve the $6000 price tag, because their economies would not sustain it. Let's not assume Western privilege is right here.
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Tiara Shafiq
Posted about 3 years ago
Does sharing ideas change minds?
I've had this happen through my blog and on my other social networks, so it is indeed possible! You'll need to be able to interact with people beyond your closed circle though.
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Tiara Shafiq
Posted about 3 years ago
How can creativity and chronic depression coexist?
Oh lordy. I've been dealing with depression for a great deal of my youth & young adult life too. I find that it's a bit of a double-edged sword when it comes to creativity - it can make for good material, but that same depression is also what makes me not want to get out of bed or be motivated to do anything. The day they invent a method to do things by thinking I will be very very happy!
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Tiara Shafiq
Posted about 3 years ago
Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight
That's an interesting idea, mentalese, I should look that up. I am multilingual from childhood and have been exposed to various cultural concepts, many of whom have no clear or definable analogue in other cultures. I'm also an artist in various forms and I have noticed some difficulty in trying to express something that is more amorphous or abstract into writing or performance or visuals, especially when you're then trying to translate THAT into specific cultural contexts. The thing is, what seems "abstract and amorphous" doesn't really seem like that in my head. It makes sense! There is a logic to it! Except "logic" isn't the right word. But see - that's an example of the problem, trying to define "it makes sense" or concepts like it in forms and languages that don't do it justice. Like how someone mentioned trying to describe spiritual experiences. My mentalese is multi-sensory, not just words or pictures but also senses and intuition and emotion and touch and taste and all kinds of things. Translating them into something other people can understand seems like trying to deal with multiple languages at once, while at the same time one person only talks in sign language and another communicates via sand-kicking. THEN you add that to Nick's mind chatter, which in my mind (and sometimes beyond that) can be rather overwhelming, and it all becomes a big mess!!
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Tiara Shafiq
Posted over 6 years ago
Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity
He is ABSOLUTELY right. However, in Malaysia, his order of hierachy on subjects is a little different. Sciences and Maths come first (with Medicine being the ULTIMATE #1), then Accounting and Engineering, then other business subjects, then arts and humanities.