MEDA101 Sound Piece

My MEDA101 sound project relating to ‘Where I am From’ is about combining two types of distinct sounds for myself which represent home for me. Since moving away from home phone calls are how I’m kept in touch with my family, manly happening around dinner time when both my parents are home from work. A text is always sent before a call is made to see if my parents are free to talk. Growing up my Mum never finished work till late, so dinner time was when the family would be together. The sounds I’ve included in the ‘phone call’ are those I heard at night when hearing about the day my parents and sister had. The T.V sounds are very distinct to me as my sister and I would always watch ‘Friends’ while my Mum would have Channel 9 news on in the background. They may be menial sounds, but provoke powerful memories for myself.

 

Project Pitch for Media Arts Project

‘Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life.’ Bill Cummingham

 

Over the past six weeks I’ve researched two vastly different areas. Street art and satire, and fashion and politics. Two groupings which I am interested in both, but have ultimately decided to follow fashion and politics. I have previously done projects on fashion, so I know how versatile it can be for adapting to different assignment criteria’s. Fashion to me is a form of art, it can be present through a variety of different mediums, the most popular being photography. As much as that is a cliché. But people also write about fashion, just look beyond the glossy pages in magazines. It’s modelled, drawn and sketched out into art hung on walls, it’s worn to express ones self. Fashion is truly a great equaliser and divider in my opinion.

 

As is politics.

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There is not time like that of 2017 where politics in the Western world is dividing people. American President Donald Trump is one of the most controversial people in politics at this present time. His relations with other countries, foreign policies and disregard for minorities are some of the reasons his name leaves such a bad taste in the mouths of those be looks down on. His opinions on minorities left a lasting effect on me long after I first heard them. For being a female is an undesirable thing in Trump’s eyes. Fashion fought back. Pink pussy hats were worn at fashion week along with numerous t-shirt slogans made and numerous well known global fashion designers choosing to not dress Trump’s wife. Or if she wore their clothing making sure the public knew they did not endorse the Trump administration. Large department stores in America also pulled Trump’s daughters clothing range from their stores.

 

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Project Pitch: ‘Fashion is the armour to survive reality’

 

Exhibited: An open planned gallery space. White walls with plenty of natural light to juxtapose the artificial lighting used in fashion photography. Also to present the light shining on the truth uncovered in politics. Natural lighting will allow for easy viewing on the eyes and to make the space less intimidating to view images which may be difficult for some audience members to see.

 

Medium: A collection of photographs, drawings/sketches, clothing and video. No limit on timeline for how far back the political message can be. Can date back to the first time a bikini was worn on the beach and caused a politic disrupt on what was suitable for females to be wearing. Or when women in 1913 America decided that white was to be the colour to wear to represent the suffragists and again in 1978 at the Women’s Rights March in Washington. Hilary Clinton wore a white Ralph Lauren pants suit when she announced her nomination for a major party runner for president. The first woman to ever do so. And in the historic colour of white, so politically aligned with politics. Catwalk footage of fashion events such as Alexander McQueen in 1995 sending models down the runway battered, in a show often referred tone where the models appeared to have the look of someone assaulted. McQueen stating that is how society sees people, not how he does.

 

 

Aim of Project: To show the correlation between fashion and politics. Fashion is often seen as something so fickle and unserious by people. While politics has the opposite meaning. I want this project to show that fashion is not something frivolous, but in itself can be a political statement maker.

 

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It’s called Fashun

When I began researching five weeks ago about what practice to conduct my research into that would influence my final project I was unsure.

 

I started with the idea of researching satire and how it influences art and help create it. Satire I believe holds a very important part in social commentary today, which is what I am very interested it. I would not describe myself as having one concrete skill from uni, more a large variety of interests and growing skills which I want to keep expanding and perfecting. Unlike doing a degree in marketing where there are set ways of doing something, a digital media degree has allowed me to trial out different areas of digital media. From coding to photography.

 

This is where I was having problems with satire and art, but in a way that I could create something involving the two. Banksy was the most well-known artist who used satire in his art in the public domain. My thought process on how to do what Banksy does short of copying him was not going very well. Banksy is extremely effective with this because it is his signature. Anonymously painting up stencils with political messages behind them in popular places, uncaught for years is not something easy to re-create.

 

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I decide to change my mindset of what I wanted to continue researching when the topic of fashion came up in class. I had previously done assignments on fashion looking into multiple areas of it, so decided to research it.

 

When researching satire and art, politics was a subject that continuously came up. So I decided to look into how politics and fashion combine.

 

Fashion and politics have gone hand in hand for a long time. Some of the better known political fashion campaigns include PETA and their anti-fur advertisements. PETA pushes the limits with their graphic campaigns, I was not interested in looking into that.

 

I am more interested in high fashion and the players surrounding that, rather than celebrity influence such as what PETA’s advertising campaigns hold. American Vogue is the beauty Bible for many, and Anna Wintor the Editor in Chief is seen as God in the fashion world. Her influence dictates global fashion trends for the coming seasons. Another person behind the scenes at Vogue is Grace Coddington-Smith. Much lesser known that Anna, but just as great of an influence.

 

So with my infuencer in mind, I kept researching politics and fashion. Most recently after Donald Trump was elected President of The United States not only did the public come out in protests against Trump, but also in the fashion world.

 

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Prior to 2017 there has always been political protests through fashion and their designers. Clothing dictates so much about a person. Whether it is punk or prim and proper, what we wear communicates so much about a person before they speak. Fashion is global, it’s influence filters down to even those who think it’s silly or take barely any interest in it.

 

MEDA101 Remoscope


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/210673895″>Remoscope MEDA101</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user40806282″>Gabrielle Ramponi</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

 

Home for me has always been where my family is, but since moving out of home five years ago to begin university I’ve learnt to adapt and change what my perception of home is. What represents that best is shown in my remoscopes. I’ve learnt that home isn’t just one place, it’s events, people, experiences and views that shape who you are. Ones that scare and challenge you, that can be new but make you feel safe. My video begins with me eating, something that would definitely describe me well! And ends with me waiting the cross the road, symbolising the end of my uni career and whatever is coming next. Home is not a stationary thing, but ever evolving and moving. The opposite of what a remoscopes is, but I found locking off the camera to capture things that normally I wouldn’t have seen. Instead of following what was interesting I had to wait for something to come in front of the camera.

Nasty Women

In this blog I will be looking into fashion as an art and also how politics and satire influence it. Or does fashion influence politics?

 

Donald Trump was elected American President in 2016. His Presidency created a huge uproar. Globally the world was split in two vastly different mindsets about Trump and his seemingly backwards ideas about what was going to happen once he was sworn into power. Through out his campaign he was seen to be quiet threatening to the majority of minorities. Watching Trump supporters most of them appeared to be either upper class white men in suits or middle class working Americans with racist tendencies and ‘Make America Great Again’ t-shirts and caps. These items of clothing are fashion statements themselves. Not to be described as high fashion, but a political statement made with clothing none the less.

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One major group of people that felt threatened by Trump were females. His comments about women which were unearthed in the election campaign were nothing short of derogatory and small minded. Of course it was not only women that felt the hatred of Trump, but it is the one that I am going to mainly focus on for this blog post.

 

‘Nasty Women’ and ‘Grab her by the pussy’ were two quotes from Trump that came to define his political campaign. Supporters wore t-shirts deeming Hilary Clinton to less than
Monica Lewinsky, the woman her husband past President Bill Clinton had an affair with. Women (and men) decided to fight back against the terms used by Trump and his supporters. Choosing to use the phrases to empower themselves and not be a victim of the Trump campaign. Choosing to celebrate being nasty women by embracing the label and wearing outfits deemed to be ‘nasty’.

 

During Milan Fashion Week in 2017, Italian fashion brand Missoni sent models down the runway wearing pink pussy hats. These hats became famous at the Women’s March in Washington in January against President Trumps election. The pink hat have become iconic with a time where not being the hegemonic ideal is turning to be dangerous. But it is not simply the Trump administration that has inspired fashion to be used as a political statement.

PETA for example has always used clothing (or the lack of it) to get their political messages across about not wearing fur and instead practicing the use of ethical materials for clothing.

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Here are more examples of fashion and politics:

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http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/article/24414/1/fashion-s-most-iconic-political-statements

 

I believe that politics does influence fashion, and designers try to influence people and educate them about politics through their  clothing. Some brands more than others.

All That Is Grace

After researching two weeks into politics and fake news I have decided to investigate into a different direction. The idea of fashion was bought up in class and so I’ve decided to look into one of my personal fashion inspirations American Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington Smith.

 

While researching into heros in the field of fashion, photography is the obvious choice of medium. But to me Grace creates much more than just photographs. She herself is not a photograph but does create the spreads of the luxurious and gorgeous clothes each month in American Vogue. The art that is splashed across the pages of Vogue each month has fascinated me since I was 12 when I bought my first ever copy of Teen Vogue. I religiously purchased that magazine every month from my local newsagents, often receiving it a couple of months behind much like Grace did in her tiny north Welsh hometown as a teenager. It wasn’t until I was 15 that I started to purchase American Vogue and see the art Grace Coddington Smith created each month.

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In 1988 Coddington Smith became the Creative Director of American Vogue. She continued this role up until January 2016.

Grace is notoriously private and often refuses to do interviews, but has released several books including her memoir ‘Grace’ which I own and was able to gather a lot of information from. The other area where I have been able to get information on Grace and her practice is the documentary ‘The September Issue’. Filmed in 2009 the filming focused around the release of the September issue of Vogue, the largest issue of the magazine of the year.

I will be further researching where Grace gets her inspirations from for her editorials.

Satire and Politics, A Match Made in Heaven

Following on from my pervious blog post, I’ve decided to continue my research for my major work into satire and politics.

I have already discussed the history of fake news and how it has spread to satire, but a little into how other avenues have gotten there. Such as digital media’s role in satire today.

 

Without the use of Twitter Donald Trump’s words of opinion would not be nearly as circulated. Twitter first came into use in 2006, Donald Trump first tweet was in 2009 promoting himself of course. 2016 and 2017 during the Presidential campaign and after his election win, Trump’s tweets have become more erratic over time, siting much of Western media a fake news. Those these tweets are merely adding more sticks to the fire as Trump single handily manages to inspire plenty of material for satire.

 

Personally my favourite tweets of Trumps are where he makes absolutely no sense.

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America under Trump is depicted as being a dark, dystopian place, much like the corporate America where ‘Flight Club’ takes place. The film is incredibly effective in conveying its messages about society and the hold consumerism has on it by using close ups of violence and gore. Not always an easy film to watch it remains a favourite from its time as it pushed the boundaries for art and cinema.

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 Banksy is another artist I’m looking at who combines art with satire especially well. Banksy is effective in that no one knows who he is, the anonymous nature of his works makes them more powerful. His known agenda or politic views don’t interrupt the interpretations of the works in public.

 

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Satire in art is important. Especially with how news is being developed today. Citizen journalism is ever growing and so satire and opinions often circulate about trending news topics. Especially for politics. When Trump was elected satire and fake news grew. Something that started in 6AD to stop a politician’s popularity. Fake news continued on into England and France for the centuries to follow.

 

How fake news is presented has changed from pieces of paper being stuck up in the town square to people making Tweets about the latest political fail. But it still remains for the same reason. To create humour often in times of political turmoil.