Wednesday, 30 March 2011
- Although the general public are not aware who Banksy is, his bank manager certainly is as well as his gallery!! He started as a street artist who valued his anonymity because he was performing illegal acts of vandalsim, now his anonymity is part of the hype that sells his work. His work features in several published books (two of which we have used as references for this presentation, Unpublished and Unpublished II ) and the value attributed to his works of art through auction will certainly not allow him to fade away.
- The influence that street art has had on youth culture and music videos will not be lost but drawn on as retro influences, for example the large statement T shirts of the 80's are making a retro comeback in fashion for this year.
- In my opinion the irony of Banksy is that he will become part of the establishment despite all his values and hype as has happened to punk icons such as Johnny Rotten who now helps to sell butter.
In fact this would be an excellent play out to the presentation rather than having Sham69 in the middle.
Tuesday, 29 March 2011
We finished off the two remaining slides for the presentation - this time we are removing far more text from the slides leaving only the most pertinent information to ensure that we finish within the 10 minutes set.
Everyone agreed to meet at 1pm on Wednesday 30th March at 1pm for a run through of timing.
Sunday, 27 March 2011
However, you are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Screw that. Any advert in public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
Saturday, 26 March 2011
Present, Fiona, Aidan and Vicky.
Re-cap: started powerpoint presentaion, taking inforation from the blog and arranging on slides.
deciding which information from the blog should be put into the presentation and cutting it down so hopefully we dont get gongged out :).
NEXT MEETING: Monday 28th @ 10am in library.
To finish powerpoint an run through what we are saying.
Thursday, 24 March 2011
|The Fountain - Duchamp ready made|
|Duchamps alter-ego Rose Selavy|
Surrealists (1920- 1930's) acknowledged the spontaneous creation lauded by Dadaism but removed themselves from their ironic anti-art position. They embraced new ideas from Sigmund Freud such as the importance of dreams and the subconcious. Automatism - thought uninterrupted by rational control - was key to the surrealists who believed that rational thought was at fault for the worlds problems and change could only come about through the subconcious mind.
|Picture by Dali - The temptations of St Anthony|
Situationists grew out of Dadaism and Surrealism, they wanted to break down the barriers between art, politics and other forms of social oppression. Encouraging people to adorn the streets with statements such as 'Free the Passions' and 'Never Work', their sloganeering was closely linked to the Paris student riots in 1968. They inspired people to rework metro posters (an early version of subvertising) challenging the ideas of ownership and creativity, believing if you wanted to put art on the streets you should do it, if you disagreed with an advert you should rework it, action here and now to transform everyday life.
(Poem by Brassai)
Botticelli, who loathed landscapes, said one day that "by merely throwing a sponge soaked in a variety of colours at a wall it would leave a stain in which could be seen a beautiful landscape". (Leonardo da Vinci quoting the artist in his book Treatise on Painting).
His words are almost prophetic, graffiti and street art ignored and ridiculed at the beginning of the 20th century has now made its way into galleries and museums - in a single generation they have been transformed into prestigious works of art in their own right.
This would not have been possible without the forerunners of modern artists such as Picasso, Gauguin and Van Gogh with their love for the simple, childlike and tribal art and their desire to begin anew and look at the world through new eyes. Indeed Brassai was a contemporary of these artists and his pictures would have been discussed among them, he believed that graffiti was a pure art form in who's simplicity he found a stunning modernity. In the foreword to the book Brassai: Graffiti, Gilberte Brassai states:
Picasso too saw great worth in the study of graffiti and often copied it when he was young. Brassai kept details of his discussions with Picasso and this extract from Wednedsay, November 27, 1946 gives an idea of how excited he was by them:"Brassai was convinced that these manifestations "of so little importance," were in fact an emination of the dream world, a true essence of reality."
(Brassai has just given him some photographs of his latest series of graffiti) "These graffiti are really astonishing! What phenomenal inventiveness you find in them sometimes. When I see kids drawing in the street, on the pavement or the wall, I will always stop to look. It's surprising what comes out of their hands. They often teach me something." (Graffiti:137)
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
This is a link to the official BBC report on the Millbank riots 10th Nov 2010
As demonstrators crowded around the building, some masked and hooded, the mood began to turn ugly. Missiles began flying towards the large plate glass windows, with only a thin line of police, with metal truncheons raised, guarding the building's entrance.
Outnumbered and overwhelmed, they were slowly but relentlessly hemmed against the front of the building."
Sean Coughlan, BBC Education Correspondent
I think this is a really powerful little extract and we should use this for part of the slides, I was flicking through the images tab on the link and saw one of the fire extinguisher being dropped of the top of Millbank, but I couldn't get the correct source so we'll work on that. But having that in as well would be good because I happen to know that our Campus Officer Lee Gavin was in the vicinity when it was dropped and apparently he was not very far away from where it dropped so I had the idea of maybe getting a quote from him during the coming week about the whole thing at Millbank and the march and we could throw that on the slides as well (show a little UCA interaction, could be a nice touch).
I think we should start of the riots section with a comparison to the 1968 riots and to the more recent rioting of 2010. Maybe have a comparison of slogans and signs of past and present? I still have my cardboard one from the march that I brought back and I think we should bring it to the presentation for sure, really drive the realism home.
There's a bunch of slogans on this wiki page (I know, shoot me now) of what was supposedly written during the rioting of 1968
Its all looking pretty good with the punk movement, political anarchy, urban street art, and so on although I would comment of one particular thing I've noticed with Banksy. The man (if he truly is a man) is completely anonymous, He is only identified as Robert Banks and no one is definitely sure what he looks like. This seems to be a bit out of key compared to our punky riot background. I think we need to highlight this transition from a loud and proud, aggressive and dangerous set of movements to a more quiet CCTV, big brother and stealthily obsessed culture that we have become today and how Banksy's iconic work has reflected that; in some of the most controversial yet quiet ways imaginable.
I think We should also open the whole thing with a quote from Banksy in the middle of the screen and I think this one would be a good one
"Mindless vandalism can take a bit of thought"- Quoted from Banksy, Wall and piece.
I think that more or less will sum up our whole presentation in one.
Now, I'm still collating a lot of information on which particular images from Banksy we should use and I'll bring the book to the next meeting but I have a few good ones in mind but I thought I'd run them all by you guys first instead of just spamming our blog with images.
I also need a little help on the riots of 1968 as my history on this is non-exsistant and I've read up on some of it, but according to my sources so far, the rioting of 1968 had a million and one triggers all connected to things to do with post-war, communism etc. and I need some help siphoning off the useless stuff and focusing on what we need.
I'd also like to volunteer for the designing the slideshow for the presentation, I've found a pretty nice template and would be happy to make everything look professional for the deadline.
Installation of Campbell's Soup Cans - 1962
210 Coca-Cola Bottles - 1962
Marilyn Monroe - 1962
Che - 1962
Marilyn Monroe's Lips - 1962
Orange Disaster/Car - 1963
Orange Disaster/Electric Chair - 1963
Triple Elvis - 1963
ELizabeth Taylor (Colored Liz) - 1963
Jackie Kennedy - 1964
Campbell's Soup Can - 1964
Electric Chair - 1965
Atomic Bomb - 1965
Grey Marilyn Monroe - 1967
Untitled (Red Cow) - 1971
Mao Tse-tung - 1972
Mao - 1973
Bianca Jagger's Birthday Party - 1979
Camouflage Self-Portrait - 1986
Self-Portrait - 1986
John Wayne Silkscreen - 1986
Punk culture help turn the underground movement into a global phenomenon.
Teenagers world wide strongly responed by showing their punk colours in day-glo hairstyles, spikes and mohawks. safety pins were strategically implanted in cheeks, lips and eyebrows.
by the 80's, designers began to dress their models in punk attir, and sent them strutting down international runways. killing off the fashion movements claim to being anti-establishment. eventually evolving into glitter and glam rock, the movement began losing its hard core edge.
1977-1978 punk was regarded to have peaked, but the post punk movement remains alive and kicking today, known as alternative, those who still regard any band in the top 40 as establishment 'sellouts'.
marked by opposition or hostility to conventional social, political or economic values or principles.
Monday, 21 March 2011
Sunday, 20 March 2011
DER PLAN, NORMALETTE SURPRISE, ATA TAK / 1981 (LP)
MANUAL SCAN, PLAN OF ACTION, Dance &Stance / 1983 (EP),Graphic Pop goes art studios
SNAKEFINGER, KILL THE GREAT RAVEN/WHAT WILBUR?, Ralph rec. / 1979 (single),Graphic Gary Panter
LITTLE MURDER, SHE LETS ME KNOW ITS OVER, Au-Go-Go Rec. / 1981 (single),Graphic Stuart Beatty/Roy Lichtenstein
THE GLOVE, LIKE AN ANIMAL, Polydor / 1983 (single), Graphic Da Gama, Photo Birrer
SWELL MAPS, Rough Trade Rec./ 1979 (single) Graphc Maps & the entire universe
THE SHOWER SCENE FROM PSYCO, EXPLODING HITS, Elvis Records/ 1986 (LP), Graphic Mark Patton
COMPILATION, ORIGINAL PNK ROCK, Atlantic Rec./ 1976 (LP), Graphic Dick Morse,Photo Lisa Kristal
THE AKRON COMPILATION, Stiff Rec. / 1978 (LP)
illustrations taken from:
Burkhardt Seiler & Friends, THE ALBUM COVER ART of PUNK!, Malcolm McLauren,Published 1998 by Collins & Brown Limited