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3rd April 2014 – Playfulness and Paradox in Spanish Urban Art

I’m now deep in a cave writing up my dissertations, which explains the lack of posting. However, I have some exciting news and an invitation for you all!  My dissertation supervisor Andy (Dr Andrzej Zieleniec) is opening his exhibition of Spanish graffiti on the 6th May. The photographs are the product of his ethnographic research… Continue reading 3rd April 2014 – Playfulness and Paradox in Spanish Urban Art

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9th February 2013 – Tunstal Ethnoraphy

Red:Graffiti found, Yellow: Industrial, Cream: wasteland Considering the proximity to the now established Hall of Fame, I had expected to find more graffiti here.However Tunstal is an area in conflict, industrial space fights with housing for dominance. The wasteland is predominantly old industrial units, that would have once formed a thriving industrial economy but now… Continue reading 9th February 2013 – Tunstal Ethnoraphy

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21st October – British Ceramics Biennial & Topographies of The Obsolete – Vociferous Void

On Sunday the family and I headed to Spode Works, an old pot bank in Stoke-on-Trent. This building is part of the original working compound. Unfortunately half of the site has already been demolished and it is possible that much of what is still there will be heading the same way. Luckily some of the… Continue reading 21st October – British Ceramics Biennial & Topographies of The Obsolete – Vociferous Void

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10th October 2013- Why the media obsession with Banksy cover ups..?

No headlines when Banksy covers up another artists work? http://animalnewyork.com/2013/why-is-everyone-fucking-up-banksys-nyc-work-americas-top-vandals-explain/ Really quick one tonight. This article was brought to my attention by Ntrpnrs (if you haven’t checked out there site yet, please do- strait after this!), over on facebook.  So Banksy is in New York City and local graffiti artists are daring to go over… Continue reading 10th October 2013- Why the media obsession with Banksy cover ups..?

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5th October 2013 – Culture Jamming the EDL

Twitter is a great place to practise skills of procrastination. However, in between reading the news or tweets of squabbling academics, sometimes a little gem like this comes along. Before I fully explain what has excited me so much about this website, here is some back ground on the EDL – English defence league.  ‘The… Continue reading 5th October 2013 – Culture Jamming the EDL

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23rd September 2013 Ethnography Findings So Far..

This is a quick summary to show how far I am now in to my ethnography for this research project and to see what has still to be done. This map shows the areas that I have completed and blogged about:  This shows: Stoke, Shelton, Burslem & Middleport, Peacocks Hey & Hemheath Woods, Canal day1,… Continue reading 23rd September 2013 Ethnography Findings So Far..

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20th September 2013 Hanley Ethnography

Hanley is the biggest of Stoke-on-Trent’s five towns. It is often referred to as the city centre, despite the 5 town configuration. This section analysis is based on how big Hanley is to survey and, like the canal, will be surveyed in sections. Hanley is the biggest of Stoke-on-Trent’s five towns. It is often referred… Continue reading 20th September 2013 Hanley Ethnography

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9th September 2013 The Situationist International (SI)

Here is three fairly short videos that explain the Situationist International. This was the movement that forms one of the influences and starting points for culture jamming. Particularly with the idea of detournement. This was an artistic and political movement active in Europe between 1957-1972.These were artists, writers, film makers..

They perceived alienation in society was a result of the mass media and consumerism. Far from claiming to be a political party they focused their interest on the ‘moments of life’. These moments were focused on the urban environment. The ‘Society of the spectacle’, by Dubord is an important text for understanding the situationist motivations. They felt that consumption was masking the alienation from our labour and that workers were pacified through the spectacle that mass consumption offered on a day to day basis.

They initially used art, and then graffiti, comic strips and films to explain their message. Altering paintings, to call the activity of painting in to question. Detourning paintings. Even offering canvas art on a roll to be sold by the meter. The Idea was that these rolls of original art could fill cities, much in the way that modern day graffiti does.

These videos explain, in far more detail than I have, the links between modern culture jamming and graffiti to the Situationist International. It shows how their Ideas, under modern conditions and with modern technology have influenced modern movements such as Adbusters, Graffiti and Occupy. Hopefully this will give you a small insight in to the theoretical side of my dissertation and why I find graffiti and culture jamming so interesting.