This week we were finalizing our rough drafts and starting on the final drafts of our project. So I am near complete with my rough draft.
The reading for this week was quite fascinating and for me was a breath of fresh air. The french artist by the name of YZ made a project to pay homage to the yesterday’s warrior women of Africa that many may not know about. Not only that but she uses her art to inspire current day women to remember their roots and how they have all the power to shape their destiny. something so simple as art can carry that much importance to some and raise their self-esteem to amounts that they never thought could be possible. I think that is great and YZ knows how important reflecting on the past is and how equally important knowing the power and importance women have. Not only that but she finds locations for her pieces that give enough justice in terms of history and the heaviness of the art in terms of the story behind it. She doesn’t just randomly put her art somewhere. She gives time and thought to the location, making sure that each piece has the fairness and parallels to current day issues it deserves. I also think that her phrase,”We need figures to be proud of our roots, to keep fighting for our rights, and to write the story of tomorrow.” is very prevalent to her society and people around the world.
Artists, especially in the contemporary scene, had a power to change the commonplace to a extraordinary situation with their art. It is an expansion from the instrumental uses of art and gives other areas, such as semiotic and political manifestations more light. The article describes the powers of contemporary artist in terms of a chessboard. Yet the real power of this chessboard comes from the market, and not from the artists themselves. However the increase of new technology and project-based organizations have helped restructure artistic spaces, thus giving more power to the artists again. Not only that but the concept of these “cathedrals” for contemporary artists to showcase their work is interesting to say the least.
Then the article goes on to say that way contemporary artists to get their idea is to actually leave behind the traditional and bipolar ideals of the protectors and the protected. I find this all to be interesting. For artists in the modern era to mold out of the traditional ways of thinking about art protection and their works if they want them to be a lasting piece. And I liked to what lengths art and artists have to take to reclaim the power that other sources have taken from them.
This week’s readings are saying that technology in the art world should be taken seriously. The article dealing with video games said that many people tried suing certain video games because they grabbed references from the real world and applied them to the virtual world. Some artists used video games as a means to give light on the differences on the traditional art mediums. What made videos games interesting in an artistic sense was people were able to make stories and worlds so engrossing for their audiences that they brought smaller communities together. What makes videos even more enriching is that, just like conventional art mediums, they create many different stories that are uniquely their own and captivate the players to continue playing and enjoy the work the artists did in order to make each scene look a certain way to get a point across.
Not only that but just like traditional art, video games can carry social commentary on them and address certain issues, like in the article with the game, “With Those We Love Alive.” I still feel as if certain people would not give video games the artistic justice they deserve by being real works of art because many think that the methods of creating a video game is not really a conventional art method.
The news source called Global Voices Online did an article on October 13, 2013 over Banksy, a street artist whose identity remains a mystery and street graffiti art work impacts current social issues, making an artistic video a few years ago labeled “Rebel Rocket Attack.” Banksy made that video on October 6, 2013. In the video there are a couple fake Syrian rebels pointing a missile launcher towards the sky. And the voices in the background are yelling phrases while an object in the sky is taken down. Once the object has fallen, the rebels rush towards it, chanting phrases while the video cuts to Disney’s Dumbo, who is critically hurt, and the adult rebels rejoice as Dumbo dies, yet a child who is dressed similarly to the adults enters the shot and looks at Dumbo. The child then kicks one rebel and the video is over. Most people online saw it and were more annoyed, some claiming that the message Banksy was giving was very unclear. Some said the work of art did not tackle the issue far enough and felt either like an attention stunt or ironic, due to Banksy mocking a resistance which started with graffiti art.
The second news source, Washington Post, wrote around the same premise for the video like the GVO, however they did not focus much with what was social media and the public’s view. They as well did not go into great detail with the video, as they omit the child at the end of the video. They also put more of a focus on the West’s approach of the situation without fully disclosing the matter. Washington Post differed from the first because they went on to talk about the Syrian movement and the Obama administration, looking as if they stopped talking about the video as if it was Banksy, and rather tackled the topic at face value. The way that the authors in the second article took on this topic was different than the other one and honestly it did not impact me as much as it should because regardless I understood the overall message of the articles. It does tell us though that certain media outlets will omit parts that may be crucial in the video, or at least what I thought with the child. The second article might have chosen to leave that part out as because if they left it in, the comments would have been different than they already were from both sides, proving that reading from multiple articles over the same topic is better because you might have not gotten all the information from the first source.
I personally think that the video Banksy made was in bad taste. And before, I would not consider this an art piece. Yet through examination, I know that this is as much art as anything else can be. It is not traditional art, yet there are still some principles of art, as shown in the video and the angles in which the shots were produced. And the colors that he chose to shoot in depicted the video to be amateurish and spoof the already made videos from the Syrian rebels. I as well felt like the artist did not do so much for the topic with his video, because the message was not blatantly written, instead interpretable. I agree with the GVO more because they kept more important information over the video, like the child and the many phrases, and chose to write about how the media and public thought about the video which sparked the issue about Banksy’s interpretation of Syrian rebels. I would really combine the two articles because the second one went in depth about the Syrian rebels and the how our government chooses to react to them, which I believe is important. I would have liked to known other artist’s thoughts about the poorly-received video of Banksy’s.
“Syria: Banksy’s Crude Politics · Global Voices.” Global Voices Overall RSS 20. N.p., 13 Oct. 2013. Web. 05 Mar. 2015.
“The Awkward Politics of Banksy’s Satirical Syria Video.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2015.