Archive for June, 2014

Amazing people, but the disabled people of Britain have been abandoned by The Church and targeted by Government and Police. We should be deeply ashamed as a society.

Ian Bone

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Brilliant imaginative action by DPAC yesterday in trying to set up an Independent Living Centre in the grounds of WESTMINSTRR ABBEY but the cowardly Dean colluded with hundreds of police in removing them. All hail DPAC.
CLASS WAR will be joining in with DPAC’S next action at 2pm on ThURSDAY AT CAXTON HOUSE…..JOIN US.

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Can’t believe I omitted to celebrate the birth of my favourite Argentine freedom fighter! Oops… sorry comrade.

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Ernesto . Che . Guevara archive: http://www.marxists.org/archive/guevara/index.htm

“Household names including @salvationarmyuk, @YMCA_England and @groundworkuk are just some of the organisations who use forced workers on Mandatory Work Activity.
They are not thieving fucking criminals, they are just exploitative cunts.
Boycott them.”

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graylingSo desperate are the DWP to hush up the names of charities using workfare that they have been reduced to using a blog post titled “Chris Grayling is a lying bastard” to prove how horrible everyone is being to them because of their forced work schemes.

The post was part of the evidence provided by the DWP at yesterday’s tribunal brought to appeal the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) decision that charities using workfare should be named.  This followed a Freedom of Information request made two years ago asking for the names of organisations who are accepting workfare placements on the Mandatory Work Activity scheme.

The DWP have pleaded that if this information was made available then workfare will collapse such is the awesome power of Boycott Workfare.  Reams of evidence has been produced by the department, largely taken from the media and Boycott Workfare’s website, which they claim shows…

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Give “tuition fees” their proper name! The “aspiration tax”!

reblogged from AAV:

The Liberal Democrats began writing their own political obituary when they decided to go back on their pre-election promises to vote against any increase in tuition fees in order to allow the Tories to triple university fees to £9,000 per year, making study at English public universities the most expensive in the world.

This betrayal was particularly stupid given that the student lobby were one of the core Lib-Dem demographics. This U-turn was so bad that huge numbers of people who voted Lib-Dem in 2010 because they likes their stance against the commodification of the education system have sworn to themselves that they will never ever vote Lib-Dem again. People aren’t just temporarily angry about this, they are enraged because as far as they are concerned, the Liberal Democrats stole their votes.

The fees that the Liberal Democrats helped the Tories to introduce are not just three times as high as the New Labourfees, they also come at a much higher rate of interest. Instead of being index linked directly to the rate of inflation like the old loans were, the new loans accrue interest at the rate of inflation plus 3%. 

Even with interest rates being held at all time historic low of 0.5% for the last five years the government now admits that they got their sums badly wrong and that 45% of graduates will never earn enough to pay off their loans, rather than the 28% they originally predicted.

There are two main consequences of this huge miscalculation. The first is that the government now admits that their massive hike in student fees is already perilously close to failing to break even, meaning that not only will it cost millions of students extra, it also looks extremely likely that this new system will actually end up costing the taxpayer extra too.

The second consequence is that millions of graduates look set to spend their entire working lives making payments towards the cost of their higher education. These repayments kick in at £21,000 per year and are administered through a 9% direct taxation (taken directly from the salary like income tax and National Insurance). Around half of students will spend their entire working lives paying this 9% Aspiration Tax without ever actually paying the loan off.

Waiting for the final marks for my BA((Hons) Arts Practice. The good news is, the marks I was dreading, my Journals, have received a good mark.

Module: VH3T007
Title: Art Practice 8: Self Directed
Assessment Out of Weight Mark
Visual Journal 100 0.2 70%

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The Capitalist Paradigm – (Neo-Feudal Culture Derived From Advanced Capitalism) And Mass Schizophrenia, A Dualistic Version Of Reality.
My research for my essay required me studying at works shock/jolt the viewer from the hypnotic complacency of the spectacle/simulacra (which are, to me, essentially the same i.e. – kitsch, empty, nullifying culture and society that covers over the horrors of war, politics, disparity, capitalism, etc).
They shock by mocking the horrors of postmodern life and by making visible those horrors.

However, such is the Spectacle and Simulacra that it quickly nullifies through fetishism/desires for commodities that consume us, as much as we consume them.
Quickly, we are able to compensate the shock, overcome outrage at the horrors of the world and once again become passive, docile (Foucault) consumers of contemporary life.

This is where the schizophrenia comes into the context of my essay, as we are constantly and simultaneously in two minds, each overcoming the other, so, we do not rise up and become accepting of the status quo.

I went on to talk about how the artists work to critique contemporary culture. Then how they ultimately fail, as shock is nullified and their art becomes part of the spectacle because the artworks are after all simulacra themselves and become commodified.The artists battle it out in the end as to whether they overcome or perpetuate fetishism, consumerism, the spectacle and simulacra…

 

Red Pepper article – The Subvertising and Brandalism movement, taking back the streets!

The Subvert-ising and Br-andalism movement, taking back the streets!

http://www.redpepper.org.uk/record-breaking-subvertising-campaign-hits-uk-streets/

From Glasgow to Brighton, the streets of the UK look a little different this Monday morning. Guerrilla install crews have swapped 365 adverts with artworks, creating the largest unauthorised advertising takeover in world history as part of the rapidly growing Brandalism campaign against the corporate take-over of public space.

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Premier of Ralph Steadman documentary fronted by Johnny Depp
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2112152/ starts at 9 tonight on sky Atlantic.

Who He? i hear you say…?

He is the amazing, acerbic, caricaturist and illustrator that became famous/synonymous for his association with the acid drenched craziness of Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo journalism and the “look” of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
The man’s a bona fide genius.

Neo-feudal Britain – the Barons are back in control 800 years after Magna Carta

After 800 years, the barons are back in control of Britain

The Magna Carta forced King John to give away powers. But big business now exerts a chilling grip on the workforce.

Hounded by police and bailiffs, evicted wherever they stopped, they did not mean to settle here. They had walked out of London to occupy disused farmland on the Queen’s estates surrounding Windsor Castle. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that didn’t work out very well. But after several days of pursuit, they landed two fields away from the place where modern democracy is commonly supposed to have been born.

At first this group of mostly young, dispossessed people, who (after the17th century revolutionaries) call themselves Diggers 2012, camped on the old rugby pitch of Brunel University’s Runnymede campus. It’s a weed-choked complex of grand old buildings and modern halls of residence, whose mildewed curtains flap in the wind behind open windows, all mysteriously abandoned as if struck by a plague or a neutron bomb.

The diggers were evicted again, and moved down the hill into the woods behind the campus – pressed, as if by the ineluctable force of history, ever closer to the symbolic spot. From the meeting house they have built and their cluster of tents, you can see across the meadows to where theMagna Carta was sealed almost 800 years ago.

Their aim is simple: to remove themselves from the corporate economy, to house themselves, grow food and build a community on abandoned land. Implementation is less simple. Soon after I arrived, on a sodden day last week, an enforcer working for the company which now owns the land came slithering through the mud in his suit and patent leather shoes with a posse of police, to serve papers.

Already the crops the settlers had planted had been destroyed once; the day after my visit they were destroyed again. But the repeated destruction, removals and arrests have not deterred them. As one of their number, Gareth Newnham, told me: “If we go to prison we’ll just come back … I’m not saying that this is the only way. But at least we’re creating an opportunity for young people to step out of the system.”

To be young in the post-industrial nations today is to be excluded. Excluded from the comforts enjoyed by preceding generations; excluded from jobs; excluded from hopes of a better world; excluded from self-ownership.

Those with degrees are owned by the banks before they leave college. Housing benefit is being choked off. Landlords now demand rents so high that only those with the better jobs can pay. Work has been sliced up and outsourced into a series of mindless repetitive tasks, whose practitioners are interchangeable. Through globalisation and standardisation, through unemployment and the erosion of collective bargaining and employment laws, big business now asserts a control over its workforce almost unprecedented in the age of universal suffrage.

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Popups have been an integral part of the exhibition and display industry for more than 15 years – particularly with the introduction of large format digital display printing technology which meant you could have a minimum run of one. Almost everybody in marketing departments will have seen one, the majority will have used one and most will have been involved in purchasing one. Popup displays are a way to achieve a high end look on a low end budget – or in my case, virtually zero budget.

I have been fortunate to be allowed to up-cycle several popups retrieved from a pile of unwanted or faulty ones at a Cardiff Repro company. I painted the popup marketing banners and added distorted figures and other artwork designs and ideas on a narrative theme. My idea was to utilise these popups as a series of guerrilla art interventions. An art exhibition I can literally pop up and pop back down in virtually any location. Their size of approx 2m x 1m unfolded and portability because of their light weight of approx 6kg meant that these were ideal canvasses for the type of artworks I had envisaged.

photoshopped image printed on 4xA3 sheets transferred using a translucent type of silicone adhesive

photoshopped image printed on 4xA3 sheets
transferred using a translucent type of silicone adhesive

I used acrylics and iridescent acrylic… and coffee

I used acrylics and iridescent acrylic… and coffee

I used a number of risky techniques on the finish of this banner. I used a gas torch, soldering iron, bathroom sealant and "drew" with wet wipes.

I used a number of risky techniques on the finish of this banner. I used a gas torch, soldering iron, bathroom sealant and “drew” with wet wipes.

a pop up art intervention.here I'm photographing my artworks in a corporate environment

a pop up art intervention.here I’m photographing my artworks in a corporate environment

What are my artworks about?

I have tried to galvanise various strains of my developmental ideas that I’ve made over the last eighteen months into a narrative. My artwork depicts the anthropological notion of “Structural Violence”. As a narrative for these exhibition pieces I have referred to the 2008 Joseph Rowntree Foundation study which identified four main “Social Evils”.

Greed and the decline of honesty are among seven social evils undermining Britain’s society, according to a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The research organisation said collapsing moral values and failing institutions such as the education system blighted the lives of millions. A report by the group found the abuse of drink and drugs, the permanence of poverty and the breakdown of the family are all scourges that deeply worry most of the population. The foundation said that while many of today’s problems can be solved, social evils run deeper and are “something more complex, menacing and indefinable”. They “imply a degree of scepticism, realism or despair over whether any remedy can be found”. The research found there was a deep unease about rampant greed, individualism and decline of community. Respondents said that they felt our society has become more greedy and selfish, at a cost to sense of community. They said that Britain no longer share a set of common values and that we have lost our ‘moral compass’. Rampant greed was blamed on the behaviour of those in positions of power and influence; politicians, corporations and bankers.

In my research and dissertation essay I have referred to the elite group as a neo-feudal paradigm. I have also referred to my research into a mass cognitive dissonance and the worship/fetishization of commodities and the commodification and monetization of basic human needs and rights. My artworks are a response to my feelings, my anger and my research.

 

Marketing popup materials specification:

Basic Roller Banner

  • 2120mm Single-sided roller banner
  • 850 and 1000mm widths
  • snap rail
  • Twist out feet for balance and stability
  • Anodised silver finish
  • Carry bag included
  • weight approx 6kg