Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Reading Response: He Might Be Giant, Guerrilla Street Postering: Civil Disobedience in Los Angeles, Adbuster: Veronique Vienne Interviews Kalle Lasn

He Might Be Giant: Shepard Fairey by Michael Dooley

Shepard Fairey guerrilla art, meaning the iconography that he developed:the bold and abstracted face of Andre the Giant, with the word Obey which the sticker was way developed in 1989. He places his guerrilla art in hip but speedy neighborhood that separates Hollywood from downtown Los Angeles. The development of Andre the Giant, which he took from a newspaper ad, and he was trying to use it as a way to make fun of cliques between skateboarders. With this icon Shepard Fairey was able to expose consumer culture's susceptibility to propaganda. Interesting guerrilla art provide the audience to be part of a clique and have access to privileged information. It is interesting how and something to keep in mind with Ivanhoe is how he was able to use "unadorned" and empty spaces or lower property and using that space to say something and allow his Obey campaign to be everywhere. With his risk he was able to use graphics to affect change , and that people respond to what he's doing. He has also been able to tweak and use mass-media characters for a satirical effect. Repetition is also important and a necessity rather than recognition. For him what is important is making an image with impact. Is interesting for him to say "...advertising tries to manipulate to make people insecure," considering that he creates the same feeling of insecureness with his campaigns.

Guerrilla Street Postering: Civil Disobedience in Los Angeles by Robbie Conal

Guerrilla street posting is the most direct and a public expression. As described by the author as a form of minor civil disobedience but again is just to make "people tickle on their way to work". Audience receptivity is important and getting others involve is essential in spreading the message.

Adbuster: Veronique Vienne Interviews Kalle Lasn by Veronique Vienne

Kalle Lasn talks about the importance of "true cost" designers they consider the ecological and psychological consequences. Designers need to consider its personal and professional.

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