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I REALLY HAVE TO GET MY ASS TO THIS EXHIBITION!!!!

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/disobedient-objects/disobedient-objects-about-the-exhibition/

Disobedient Objects: About the Exhibition

26 July 2014 – 1 February 2015

From a sufragette tea service to protest robots, this exhibition is the first to examine the powerful role of objects in movements for social change. It demonstrates how political activism drives a wealth of design ingenuity and collective creativity that defy standard definitions of art and design. Disobedient Objects focuses on the period from the late 1970s to now, a time that has brought new technologies and political challenges. On display are arts of rebellion from around the world that illuminate the role of making in grassroots movements for social change: finely woven banners; defaced currency; changing designs for barricades and blockades; political video games; an inflatable general assembly to facilitate consensus decision-making; experimental activist-bicycles; and textiles bearing witness to political murders.

 

http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/disobedient-objects/umbrella-movement#comment-110432

 

Art and Activism in the Age of the Anthroposcene. http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/disobedient-objects/art-and-activism-in-the-age-of-the-anthropocene

This really is such an important read.

Politics and Insights

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The European Convention on Human Rights, which came into force on 3 September 1953, guarantees a range of political rights and freedoms of the individual against interference by the State. The Convention came about as an international response to the horrors of World War Two, and the Holocaust.

Before the incorporation of the Convention, people in the United Kingdom could only complain of unlawful interference with their Convention rights by lodging a petition with the European Commission of Human Rights in Strasbourg. That all changed on 2 October 2000 when Labour’s Human Rights Act 1998 came into force, allowing UK citizens to sue public bodies for breaches of their Convention rights in domestic courts.

David Cameron wants to scrap the Human Rights Act and has pledged to leave the European Convention. Human Rights are the bedrock of any democracy. He also wants to scrap consultations, impact assessments…

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Proximal Abandonment and imagery sourced from this psychosocial phenomena

(my 2011 Foundation Dip Fine Art project)

http://www.slideshare.net/judasPritch/ian-pritchard-fmp-presentation-0611

 

 

Things That Should Happen But Do Not - I. Pritchard, 2011

Things That Should Happen But Do Not – I. Pritchard, 2011

"I Am Someone Too" - I. Pritchard, 2011

“I Am Someone Too” – I. Pritchard, 2011

"You've Fallen For The Monkey Trap" - I. Pritchard, 2011

“You’ve Fallen For The Monkey Trap” – I. Pritchard, 2011

My pathway stage focused mainly within areas of using art as social commentary, which I feel, reflects my strongest viewpoints.

I enjoyed producing a series of works based on the word ‘Aspiration’ which included my own slant on the word using various socio-political sources to inform the work.

  • From having produced work in this area I now intend to go on to make a more in depth investigation to produce works based on the psychosocial phenomenon of abuse known as ‘Proximal Abandonment’.
  • Research shows that emotional unavailability towards our children or closest dependents equates to ‘Proximal Abandonment’.
    There is physical presence, but emotional abandonment from the parent figure,
    they are physically present but non-interactive with their dependents.
  • I would like to equate this phenomenon and apply this notion with substituting our politicians or those in a position of power or trust as my subject matter.
  • I use the language of Art to symbolically convey my ideas, views and feelings on these issues.
Influences, Research, Sources and Ideas
  • In order to begin my assignment I intend to gather research, produce mind maps and gather ideas from a variety of artists and designers, that I find influential such as;
    Andy Warhol, Terry Setch, Max Ernst, Jamie Reid and Banksy.
  • I particularly like the way in which these artists subvert imagery and use juxtaposition to convey a message, and how by using a mixed media approach pleasing unexpected results may be obtained.
  • I feel my work could be influenced further by researching;
    newspaper articles, museum and gallery visits, blogs, libraries,
    psychological experiments, case studies, Facebook forum discussions and internet sources.
  • Initially, Warhol’s ‘Mao, 1973’ is a work I feel I can utilize in particular, in addition to found objects, my responses to journalism, advertising and consumerism giving me potential ideas to develop, through photography, collage, mixed media and drawing.
  • Further reading: “Psychiatric Tales” a graphic artist’s battle against depression/anxiety and his work in mental health care. BBC R4 interview – All In The Mind, 25th May 2011. Excellent interview.
The Science bit
  • Pioneering child psychologist D.W Winnicott said that fundamentally two things can go wrong in early child development;
  1. a) when things happen that should not happen.
  2. b) when things that should happen do not.
  • The first category is the traumatic abusive and abandonment experience suffered for example, by children of addicts.
  • The second category is the lack of presence of the emotionally available parent or primary carer – just not being available due to societies stresses, short term priorities, and so on
    – affecting the parenting environment.
    Psychologist Allan N Schore called this “Proximal Abandonment” – when the parent is physically present but emotionally absent.
  • I have entitled the first of the three of my chosen final artworks based on Winnicott’s second fundamental principle.
Some influences

Fay Godwin – book “our forbidden land”

  • The British landscape is under threat moreso than ever before from government policies: industry,agri-business and powerful interests while our historic rights of access are increasingly denied.
  • Fay Godwin uses a combination of her photography and words and selected poems and quotes to reveal a deep rooted commitment and respect for the land.
  • She uses haunting, penetrating photographs and text to fuse aesthetic perception with realism, documentary and irony to form a rousing passionate appeal for the land us as citizens can no longer roam.
  • I want my FMP works to contain a similar appeal and substance to that of Fay Godwin’s.
  • I want to produce a passionate and thought provoking series of images on how I feel we as people are having our rights infringed and health endangered by those supposedly in charge but who put their status and careers in front of their duty of care and what should be their primary concern – us!
Development

My intention initially was to take inspiration from what Andy Warhol did with the image of Chairman Mao in 1973.

It had background acrylic on canvas with an ink print of the portrait printed in the foreground.

I wanted to take a similar approach with a canvas painted with an everyday scene and print a contemporary figure or image I the foreground using the inkjet/acetone transfer/decalcomania technique.

I chose to satirise Ieuan Wyn Jones of the Welsh Assembly government in this recognisable way.

I saw him as someone who has jeopardised the health and environment of everyone in my local area due to his dealings with American corporation Covanta who plan to build the UK’s largest ever waste incinerator I an area already acknowledged has having a population with extremely poor health and the highest rate of pulmonary/heart disease in Wales.

I saw him as a figure guilty of political abandonment of those in need, in favour of short term gain.

Recently Lib-Dem MP John Hemming became a champion for free speech, this coming from a pot-bellied serial cheat and love rat who fathered a child with a mistress and who used taxpayers money to part-fund a private business.

I wonder if he’ll re-Tweet that?

  • My development piece is called “It takes one politician and a truckload of shite to begin a generation of misery” and was transferred using translucent silicone sealant onto green masonry sack.

For research and for the purpose of inspiration, museum visits and galleries I have attended were:

  • National Museum of Wales, Aberdare Museum, St David’s Hall Cardiff, Bay Arts Gallery and Cardiff Bay Crafts Gallery.

Some of the more relevant artists to the project I had in mind that I felt most inspired by included established artists such as:

  • John Piper, Terry Setch (especially Landfil 2010), Dave Brook’s plaster and pigment work (Tract11 & Tract 12)
  • newly qualified artists I viewed such as Nicole Thoss’ copy transfer ceramics (Scream No.1 & No.2 and Kidnapping), Dawn Dupree (It’s Never Black and White) and Vicky Shaw (various).
  • The Nicole Thoss copy transfer works were especially interesting to  me as this,prior to any gallery visits,is the technique I had been researching, along with investigating various materials to transfer onto.
Final Outcome

The three artworks I have chosen to represent my final works in this project are deliberately displayed in the following sequence;
a) “Things that should happen, but don’t”,
b) “I am someone too”,
c) “You’ve fallen for the monkey trap.

This is because there is a narrative quality that I wanted to convey to the observer.

  • The three parts come together to show the phenomenon of Proximal Abandonment beginning with the Authority figures and their rush for a quick fix to the problem of residual waste management and the promises of a profit hungry American incinerator corporation homing in on an already deprived ex-coal field community, a place wherein some areas have a male life expectancy of less than 59 years of age.
  • Secondly onto the sombre, yet defiant figure of a young child protesting.
    I convey that she has been abandoned and her rights discarded or ignored.
    She represents us and our future generations, I hope to evoke and convey ideas and release feelings about social and political abandonment using the sack cloth background.
  • Thirdly, the image of man’s closest cousin, the chimpanzee, in a contemplative, possibly mocking pose.
    This echoes an allegorical passage from “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” on short sightedness and it’s many fatal pitfalls and begs the question are they making monkeys of us all?

 

 

 

 


Thanks so much to my readers, we’ve reached over Three Thousand Four Hundred viewers to my website now

and I can tick Azerbaijan, Brazil and South Africa off my countries list 🙂


Here’s some 2,500year old wisdom…

 

 

 

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(I will write more later – too much information to process right now – I also have a dental appointment and my child’s Halloween disco! Lol)

UPDATE:

Plinth Guy DAN!!! being interviewed by Mark McGowan http://youtu.be/9uFVqogN3Mc

 

 

The Plinth Guy – the Guy standing on the plinth of the Winston Churchill monument in Parliament square and 100 Metropolitan Police are surrounding him. MP Caroline Lucas Threatened with arrest if she gave him a piece of PIZZA!!!!

The Revolution will not be confiscated – The Blue Tarpaulin – OccupyLondon – The Artist Taxi Driver – Mark McGowan

I used a Blue Tarpaulin as the ground for my artwork for my FDip in 2012 I wrote about it here: https://discordion.wordpress.com/my-art/concept-artworks/development-works/structural-violence-page-under-construction/

and here:

https://discordion.wordpress.com/my-art/concept-artworks/development-works/structural-violence-page-under-construction/#jp-carousel-388

 

The Trivialisation of Democracy: The View From Parliament Square?

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/tom-fielder/the-trivialisation-of-dem_b_6028392.html?utm_hp_ref=tw ‪#‎occupydemocracy‬

 

@PeoplesSELondon: Take a look at this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyQ6pHd0ZZY&list=UU5aeU5hk31cLzq_sAExLVWg

Protestors in tears.”

@OccupyLondon: More brutal oppression of protestors at ‪#‎occupydemocracy‬ by police . http://t.co/kCBF1H0mXg

@OccupyLondon: Police inflicting pressure point pain to remove peaceful protestors aka ‪#‎extremists‬ ‪#‎occupydemocracy‬ http://t.co/qgjyxWhUJc

@OccupyLondon: Live stream
http://bambuser.com/v/5014344
‪#‎occupydemocracy‬ ‪#‎TarpaulinRevolution‬
‪#‎olsx‬”

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/352762478237114/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

The General Assembly of Occupy Democracy held in Parliament Square this evening issued a mass call to defend democracy in Parliament Square on Thurs. 23rd Oct. at 6pmOn 17 Oct 2014, Occupy Democracy began as a call to Occupy Parliament Square for 9 days. 9 Days for peaceful actions, events, workshops and activities based around taking back our democracy.Since the first day, those on Parliament Square have seen nothing of democracy as masses of police are used to break up our peaceful demonstration. The response from authorities to our presence has been heavy-handed, undemocratic and cruel.THIS Thursday we are asking for a show of solidarity, a mass gathering in Parliament Square. If you planned to visit Occupy Parliament Square, 23 Oct at 6pm is when you’re needed most.WE are what democracy looks like…………………………………………………………
The original event that is ongoing can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/531711723600543/?fref=tsOriginal event text:There is a huge democratic deficit. Political decisions are mostly the product of powerful economic interests. The 1% fund our political parties and our media. The views and opinions of the public on issues like the NHS, energy and rampant inequality are being ignored.We need to shift the power so state decisions reflect the will of the 99%. Loads of people are campaigning on different issues and we need to pull all these threads together. First as they are all symptoms of the power of the 1%, and second because if we’re divided we’re ruled.­­­­­­­­­THE CAMPAIGN:

The goal of the Occupy Democracy campaign is to direct the energy from current single issue struggles into a critical mass that can radically challenge the corrupt and unrepresentative system.

WHAT WE WILL DO:

We will Occupy parliament square for 9 days in October, to broadcast and demand the solutions we already know exist, to inspire people to be the active citizens required to take back democracy from powerful economic interests. It will be the launch pad for ongoing nationwide events.The Occupation will be the rallying point to join together from all our backgrounds, using the energy of the amazing actions that will be happening between now and then. It will be the start of a campaign for a sane and just democracy, that isn’t about just voting but about changing the conversation and mobilising people so those votes can really count.

For too long our energies have been taken up by firefighting the worst new disasters to be imposed – fracking, privatisation of the NHS, cuts targeting the elderly and disabled – the list goes on!

To reclaim democracy we need to get on the front foot by channelling the energy from these defensive campaigns into a movement about the much better, fairer, happier world we are for.

The planning of the camp and keeping it alive depends on the help of our volunteers. We welcome anybody to join, and can find something useful to do for any skill set. To find out the details for our next meeting, or to suggest a way in which you can give a hand, get in touch via email: occupydemocracy@riseup.net. Alternatively, you can join in the work once the camp has started.

http://occupydemocracy.org.uk/