"The people who truly deface our neighbourhoods are the companies that scrawl giant slogans across buildings and buses trying to make us feel inadequate unless we buy their stuff. They expect to be able to shout their message in your face from every available surface but you're never allowed to answer back." Banksy
Sao Paulo images and debate here ......... http://pingmag.jp/2007/08/27/sao-paulo-no-logo/
I'd say, and I hope you as students agree, that the Sao Paulo mayors choice should be perceived as a very dramatic but brave first step to make a difference and silence some of the Visual Pollution. A huge sprawling polluted and chaotic City is now more inhabitable - more open and and more sustainable for its dwellers. Shops that are required are still doing a good trade
I live in sao paulo. And I completely aprove this new law, the city was dirty with all the visual polution (like someone said, if ALL the adds were a nice piece of art, it wouldn’t be a problem) The law doesn’t include removing company names, but they have to readapt the logos and company name to 1/4 of the building front width. In the begining we thought about the related jobs, but there are OTHER medias to be explored. Sao Paulo is a much better place now.
Read ' Ten Things I Have Learned' by Milton Glaser essential reading - and buy his book 'Citizen Designer' 2001Part of AIGA Talk in London click this link http://www.miltonglaser.com/pages/milton/essays/es3.html
And of course ADAM CURTIS' history of marketing and persuasion methods are here in his documentary ;
If you didnt follow my last link to sneak preview by The BBC of Curtis Manchester festival film Installation by Punchdrunk' then silly you - as it is now 'down' and you have missed it - but it will be back as a live interactive event hopefully in the different urban context of London soon - visit the Curtis blog for info and still images / concept and narrative behind the film http://www.mif.co.uk/events/it-felt-like-a-kiss/
'It Felt Like a Kiss' tells the story of America’s rise to power in the golden age of pop, and the unforeseen consequences it had on the world and in our minds. Beginning in 1959, the show spotlights the dreams and desires that America inspired during the ’60s, when the world began to embrace the country and its culture as never before. But as this daring production unfolds across five floors, blending music with documentary and the disorientating whirl of a fairground ghost train, the audience is forced to face the dark forces that were veiled by the American dream – a dream that ultimately returns to haunt us all.
Adams Curtis' own Blog here http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/rss.xml
'Silence' Staff Lecture Image; Enola Gay
Enola Gay named after pilot Colonel Paul Tibbets's Mother read more herehttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1165768/The-man-survived-TWO-nuclear-bombs-Lucky-Yamaguchi-tells-lived-Hiroshima--fled-home-Nagasaki.htmlLeonard Cheshire's Book is rewarding reading
David Lynch and other Motion Film makers are able to convey this same atmosphere of metamorphosis and distortion very effectively
The 'internal' distortion and turmoil visualised by Francis Bacons 'own' work is extraordinary - he is hailed by the majority of critics as one of the greatest 20th century Painters. In his work the still silent canvas cannot convey actual sound waves but the resonance of these images potrays a 'visual noise'
See this FILM for some very interesting uses of surreal silence, distortion and metamorphosis It is not for everyone - and is at times quite extreme - but if you study the use of sound in the film and the stillness in the acting performances - and if you like your atmospheric 'Film Noir' dark and weird then LOST HIGHWAYS is for you.
Above image 'The Incredible Shrinking Man'
Consider how silence is used as a metaphor by directors and employed to huge dramatic effect David Lynch's work is a prime example of this. SEE 'LOST HIGHWAY' left
''In Lynch's penultimate film, 'The Straight Story' (1999), silence is employed regularly to convey isolation, but also to create sonic discomfort in order to reflect the fact that the main character, Alvin Straight, has not spoken to his brother for many years. The theorist and sound designer Philip Brophy comments on this when he writes, "There are many moments in the film where one hears absolutely nothing. The abject silence of The Straight Story echoes that loss of proximity engineered by old age: literally, we are removed from the film; not merely from a certain narrational moment, but from the realm of narration. We are left sitting in the cinema in total isolation." (Brophy in www.media-arts...StraightStory) Through this isolation the viewer is able to empathise with the isolation felt by Alvin in the film; the silence is symbolic of his solo journey to meet his brother and also his lifelong journey, which is nearing its end, death being the ultimate silence
A visual figurative link to the Late Great Painter Francis Bacon who i used to see pacing and waiting on Kensington High St tube station quite a lot, in 89 when i was at College.
'Brontosaurus' by Sam Taylor Wood
Here is the dancing Man - some of you couldn't locate on the links above that I loaded up last week - Read the text but he is cleverly juxtaposed with Barbers Adagio ( many Masculine filmic associations (Platoon ) - this is a highly acclaimed classic work by one of our leading contemporary artists
The Birth of Marketing - Advertising - The Art of Persuasion its ethics and roots
There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads: He Must Be Destroyed.
There is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads: He Must Be Destroyed.
The Century of the Self is written and produced by Adam Curtis, the inspired and curious documentary essayist, whose previous work includes Pandora's Box , the wonderful series about the science of the Cold War' Tim Adams The Observer.
Watch the above episode on line at google and research Curtis at Wikipedia - if it asks questions for you then order the entire series from ebay for your own reference - 'Century of the self' a historical look at marketing and the Psychology of persuasion. We will be discussing and researching the issues raised here in some of our peer seminars - linked to essays and studio - reacting to it with some possible workshop briefs - but basically at third year its all here to soak up and engage with or not ? depending on your goals and working themes.
Also purchase these books if you are interested in this area
Citizen Designer (Paperback) by Heller
Design Issues: How Graphic Design Informs Society (Paperback)
by D.K. Holland (Author)
An unorthodox mix of 20 contributors ranging from hard-core designers to advertising strategists look at contemporary design in a critical, educational, ethical, historical, social and often humorous context.
DK Holland is design issues editor of Communication Arts, and business editor of the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design.
''Sometimes you buy a book and think, "If this book were 50 pages instead of 500 it would be quite good". Well this one is 50 pages, doesn't take long to read, but is utterly brilliant.
If you have any doubts at all about the way the media is being used to manipulate and control the population, then you really should read this book!
You will never look at a newspaper or television the same way ever again. ''
A brilliant book!
Buy all these book here http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/reader/1592533078/ref=sib_dp_pt#reader-link
I thought it was good timing to load up some more vital influences and names you need to put in the Bachelor of Arts bank and 'first things first' This is an important historical design document, the original is from 1964 - a manifesto originated by Ken Garland - please read it and research its intentions and its signatories - see the original 1963 version (it will enlarge )
and then the 2000 later newly signed one here http://www.emigre.com/EMag.php?issue=52 at Emigre magazine where there was a lot of 'reader' debate at the time.
Academic Sheila Levrant de Bretteville is Professor of Graphics at YALE University in America. She teaches intelligent and socially aware' design and has a healthy non compliance to purely Corporate or Commercial requirements - a design outlook that is in her words 'more egalitarian and participatory' she signed the updated 2000 manifesto document as did many others such as Simon Esterson Vince Frost Milton Glaser Jessica Helfland Rick Poyner Jonathan Barnbrook and Teal Triggs a highly respected UK academic and designer - look at these writers and designers - their ethos and design backgrounds - there is some info on De Bretteville here and Ken Garland here
Design Writer Jessica Helfland ( buy her books )Here is her film on some excellent Journals http://www.moleskine.com/events/jessica_helfand.php