Thursday, 10 March 2011

Watch ME: Culture Bollocks

Culture Bollocks

Of everything I’ve thought about recently to do with art, fashion, the world we live in and of the few things I’ve mentioned so far on my blog; this programme basically covers it all! Editor of Dazed and Confused magazine ‘presents’ The A-Z of Now “a journey through the land of contemporary culture.” The programme if filmed and directed in a highly stylish way emphasising further the merge between art and, well…nearly everything. (Artists designing bus stops- cool.)

Count your ‘cool’ points; the mark scheme will have changed by tomorrow.

Note the ‘isms’ and latch onto the most popular one. Or the least popular one?

I can’t work out if this is a negative view on modern society/culture, however I definitely cannot comprehend why Madonna presented the Turner Prize…?!

“Instead of movements we’ve got markets. That means we’ve got nothing left to stand for. And if you stand for nothing, that means you’ll fall for anything.

Do we fall for anything? If so when? In the search for what’s popular…is this what constitutes as pretentiousness or oblivious…ness?

And why this constant nostalgia for the past? I know I feel it. Longing to have lived when my father was younger as he saw the world change. But did he see it change while it did or only in retrospect? Am I too busy looking back that I’m blind to what’s in front?

Lols at the Bingo and Knitting comment- two current crazes in my group of friends. So with the times.

I hope we move back. Even if that means we’re standing still.

Perhaps everything is not to be agreed with but it’s definitely worth a watch, thanks to Lucy for suggesting it to me.

Friday, 4 March 2011

"Art Can Be Anything"?

The quest for originality within fashion is more competetive then arguably...ever.

Coming from a small town in South Devon i can wear anything slightly kookie from Topshop and get looks in the street, and god forbid you wear lipstick in the day especially any colour other than red. However, now living in London (and studying at an art uni) the diverse fashion styles and hard to keep up with. Shopping on the high street is risky incase someone has the same clothes as you, vintage has in my opion become fraud as really any vintage that isn't from a charity shop, has been taken from a charity shop and been disgustingly over priced.
Nathan Barley is a great example of how originality has gone too far and well, people just look like dickheads. Shoreditch dickheads? Lady Ga Ga is also a good example of how people are progressing into a fashion movement of 'Fashion can be anything'. Meat dress? Really? (Can't say i'm not a fan though...)

(Just incase you havn't seen it!)

Recently on my course we've learnt about subcultures and countercultures. How music can influence fashion and how political movements/social movements interlink with it all. So in this generation is it art that is influencing our fashion? Take a walk into the Tate Modern and it soon crosses your mind- "do these people think art can be anthything?" Duchamps Fountain 1917 was arguably the start of conceptual art and part of the genre 'Readymades' where inanimate objects were signed and put forward as art.

I've been wondering if the modern art attitude of 'art can be anything' and conceptual art being predominent in the industry, has influenced today's fashion and in the quest for originality people are turning 'anything' into fashion.

(See Nathan Barley for flip-flops as headwear...mental.)

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Material World

As much as i am for technology, there are aspects of it that i reject.

iPads. Fundamentally they are larger iPhones which seems silly but what i really have an issue with is books on iPads (or anything else techno..logic?). WHY?!

I have always loved books, yep, and i know others do too. In my first house in Amsterdam we practically had a library, even now in my home we have a fire place but with bookshelves in it. I love the smell of a new (or old) book. Finding a book in an old book/charity shop that's signed and dated from the 40s! And carrying a book around with me for weeks as i read it on the bus, train, in coffee shops and its mine. Why anyone would want to effectively begin the extinction of books is beyond me and actually sort of frightens me. Hypothetically, imagine a world without books where everyone just reads on their electronic devices and downloads a book 'app' for the same price it costs to buy one in the shops.

Okay, okay, so are we saving trees by eventually publishing less books? Will it even make a difference?

Although i appreciate (and almost need) the internet- laptops, my phone, iPods etc etc i think there is a limit where we could potentially just start living through technology and closing our eyes to the 'real world'.

I like to think, actually, believe- that as humans we are too nostalgic to allow a world like this. It doesn't make us old fashioned or traditional, it's just accepting a balance.

I for one will never download a book...

Currently reading Tracey Emin "Strangeland"- so far disturbed, moved, enlightened and addicted to the way she writes.