Research Part 2 - Culture Swap

BRIXTON

THEN...

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...AND NOW (Primary Research) 

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The Brixton Market - Traditional Clothing

Ankara Fabrics

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Caribbean Colours

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HAIR

Weave

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Braids

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Brixton's Graffiti

 

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Textures Of Brixton

Outdoor Furnishing & Decor

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Alley Walls

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Outdoor Plant Holders

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The Brick Walls

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Paper Manipulations

Images From 'Folding Techniques for Designers: From Sheet to Form' By Paul Jackson

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THE SWAP

 The images below were given to me by my project partner. She informed me that she often feels disconnected with her culture as well as religion and that she relates more with the media culture in Hong Kong. The images are of the many Tv series and artworks she enjoys seeing. This lead me to consider the theme of MEDIA CULTURE.

 

"Popular culture and the mass media have a symbiotic relationship: each depends on the other in an intimate collaboration." — K. Turner (1984)

Media culture refers to how the western society emerged and developed from the 20th century, 'under the influence of mass media'. It stands for the overall impact of the media, in terms of the way television as well as social media guides our intellect. The media not only shapes public opinion but also has an influence on our tastes and values. 

 

 FONG, SILAS

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UPON THE ESCALATOR - Dual channel video, 43 minutes. 

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GOSSIP GIRL - Tv Series 

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HANNAH MONTANA - Disney Channel Show

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HE'S A MAN, SHE'S A WOMAN 1994 Movie 

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WHO'S THE WOMAN, WHO'S THE MAN 1996 Movie (Sequel to He's A Man, She's A Woman)

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My project partner's favourites are 'He's a woman she's a man' 1994 and it's sequel 'Who's the woman, who's the man?' 1996. This is a Hong Kong romantic comedy film directed by Peter Chan and starring Jordan Chan, Theresa Lee, Eric Tsang and Anita Yuen. In the movie, the protagonist is a girl who pretends to be a boy in order to make it in the music industry. The girl auditions, gets signed and falls for the producer all while pretending to be a boy. The producer on the other hands gets really confused because he finds himself becoming attracted to her (not knowing that she is a girl). 

 

YOUNG AND DANGEROUS 1996 Movie 

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I hope to be able to incorporate these into my work as prints because I feel that the human figures would look good if they were to be repeated in different colours.  

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Fluxus

I decided to do some research on artistic movements and came across one i've never heard of before: Fluxus. This is an international as well as an interdisciplinary group of artists, designers, composers and poets that came about in the early 1960s to 1970s. A Dutch Art Critic named Harry Ruhé described the Fluxus movement as "the most radical and experimental art movement of the sixties".

 

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George Maciunas, Fluxus Manifesto (1963).

 

What intrigued me about this movement is how inclusive it is. It's participants included artists, composers, designers, and architects, economists, mathematicians, ballet dancers, chefs, and so on. Not only this, but these individuals came from a variety of places and represented different nations within 3 continents  – Asia, Europe, and North America.

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Billy Ocean

Having heard a selection of rather exotic songs in the museum, the one that stood out to me the most is Caribbean Queen by  Billy Ocean. This song won the 1984 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance and also gave Billy Ocean his first American #1, as well as a hit #1 on the Hot R&B Singles/Tracks and Club Play Billboard charts. 

The song itself tells the story of a romance between the singer and a beautiful and exotic woman. The woman is seductive and alluring. In both the UK and the US the song title is "Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)." However I found out that the song's title and lyrics were actually changed for different regions. For example, in Europe it became "European Queen" and in Africa it was  known as "African Queen. I find this very beautiful. It is as though Billy Ocean is including all these regions and their cultures in his sings. It is like an invitation or a way of saying love and romance is the same everywhere. It is not about the region but rather about the emotions being felt. 

Upon doing some research on this title change, It came to my attention that it also boosted Ocean's fame and popularity; "The song was released in Europe as 'European Queen' and nobody was interested in it. When we changed the name to 'Caribbean Queen' and released it in the U. S., it took off and started snowballing and they started playing it in Europe. I guess it had more appeal as 'Caribbean Queen'  because Europe conjures up a vision of rain and snow and cold, but Caribbean sounds like sunshine and blue skies. It's much more exotic." - Billy Ocean.

 

Wall Of Fame - Black Cultural Archives

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Black Cultural Archives - Black Africa

'Black Africa, It's Peoples And Their Cultures Today' By John Middleton

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