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Subvertising and Culture Jamming

Posted in Art, Life with tags , , , on November 18, 2008 by Writerful

Subvertising is a composition of the words ‘subvert’ and ‘advertising’. The main aim of subvertising, also referred to as culture jamming, is an attempt at sabotaging advertising / political campaigns, the encroachment of multi national corporations on everyday life, and attacking other high profile targets.

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As distinct from graffiti subvertising is the practice of lampooning or satirizing corporate and political advertisements in order to make a statement or to subvert its intended message. This can take the form of a completely new image being overlayed or an alteration to the existing image. Subvertisements are also referred to as meme hacks and can be aligned with the other social hacking or culture jamming sub cultures.

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Subvertisements by their nature incorporate certain elements of graffiti culture by use of a messages sprayed onto an advertisement or more complex paste ups which can change the advertisements meaning and elicit a completely different emotional response from that intended. The justification by those responsible for this type of culture hacking is that they do not give their permission to have their senses bombarded on a daily basis by corporate advertisements, so it is their way of reclaiming their personal power and public space.

Subvertising can be done in such a subtle way that it ‘flies under the radar’ and thus escapes the conscious filtering mechanism leading to unexpected epiphanies or the exposure of the subtle form of brainwashing and subliminal techniques very often used in adverts. Many people are not aware that many well known household brands are using ancient sacred symbolism in their logos which have a powerful effect on our sub conscious mind. Culture hacking or jamming by its very nature aims at addressing this deliberate form of exploitation and control by corporate and political powers.

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Stencils In Fitzroy

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , on November 5, 2008 by victorbiola

Here are some photos taken in the back streets of Fitzroy (around Leicester Street) in October. They show various stencils and other drawings from that area. I will add to these over the next days.

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Let me know if you like them and feel free to share the images.

Victor Biola

 

Below is an image with a link to a very good article on Fitzroy and Collingwood. I love the image and all credit goes to http://members.virtualtourist.com

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Stencils are Gay

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2008 by victorbiola

On Tuesday I went on a tour with some friends through some of the back streets of Melbourne. We found some good pieces of art around Leicester Street in Fitzroy. There were some more political stencils and paste-ups.

There were some excellent works, but nevertheless the main wall looked messy and overworked. It felt a bit like an argument in our parliament, a lot of creators with big egos. The saddest creators were some taggers who just placed their stuff right on top of many good stencils.

Some of the alleys around the corner looked better and just had a less over-worked feel. We then found more walls around Fitzroy Street and there it became just plain ugly. It looked like a bunch of retarded teenagers went mad. People’s houses looked like they got raped and attacked by the taggers. I felt sorry for the residents of that street. The stuff was just plain ugly and selfish, actually ridiculous. Well, one of the tags read: Stencils are gay.

Whatever! What does that say about the writer?

I will place a few of the images from the trip here. Please feel free to add to it or to leave links to some good sites.

You might notice at this stage that I personally prefer stencils and paste ups to tags. I particularly like political messages or good illustrations and quirky stuff. It is great to see things that are original and show that the creator has a mind of his/her own.

I have to go and have a coffee now

Victor Biola

Graffiti – Is it for You?

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2008 by victorbiola

Voice Your Opinion on Video

In a previous post Victor Biola featured a group of independent filmmakers – Core TV 1. Well, they have now put together a Call For Entries in regards to graffiti and EVERYONE can now voice their opinion on a video.   > Call For Entries <

So, if you have an opinion, get it out there and make it count.

Victor Biola

Uh La La! Las Chicas Me Gustan!

Posted in Fun, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2008 by victorbiola

The internet is a funny place and like our fantasies and the ‘real’ world we find it all. You just need to search for it. The www is filled with our passions, hobbies, our darkest desires and fantasies to a range of poetic thoughts and an abundance of excellent and more often useless and incorrect information.

We hear  of stories of people being very naive and getting ripped off as the result of a internet scam. It is sad that it happens, but maybe you just have to be smart about things. It is like evolution, you need to smarten up and learn to walk the walk and talk the talk.

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Anyway, there are many entertaining and funny things on the internet to be found and today I would like to feature two Latino girls from LA, Yasmin and Crash and their quirky Las Chicas project (actually The Chicas Project). I think they are seriously cute and quite funny, but judge yourself.

Anyway, they have a nice vid on graffiti in LA, that you should have a look at. Las Chicas Project

Victor Biola loves life. Don’t you? 

Graffiti Documentary

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2008 by victorbiola

Graffiti seems to have become a topic that polarises the community throughout the world. It is interesting to see the various interest groups and lobbies here in Melbourne and the same trends can be seen world-wide (see some links below) . You might find it interesting to read up on opinions at this blog:

www.coretv1.wordpress.com

There is also a questionnaire about that topic that is fun to answer. They are a new group of independent filmmakers working on a documentary on graffiti in Melbourne.

Personally, I must say that I have very mixed opinions on the topic. I live in a diverse city, Melbourne (by the way). We have our Jewish suburbs in the South and our Muslim community mostly in the Northern suburbs. There are various European groups, many Iraqis, Indians, Chinese, Malaysians, and various other East Asian groups. Basically we are a melting pot of diversity. Mostly the blend works and there is not a lot of negative tension. The diversity is generally very appealing from the culinary aspects through to the dating side of things. The world is here!

Well, back to graffiti. You find a very interesting mix of street art. There is a large amount of stencils, paste-ups and conventional graffiti in the CBD. There is also a fair of tagging happening there, but the tagging itself seems to dominate more in the outer suburbs, where the stencils become more rare.

Again, personally, I do not like tagging much at all. Graffiti artists often commence by tagging. That might be the case, but it does not make it more appealing. Many artists start somewhere, but the public generally gets spared to look at their first attempts. I find tagging very selfish and ugly. It annoys me.

Many vandals who are obsessed by their own tags hide behind a diverse and talented street art scene. I am not trying to say that only the best artists should be able to do street art, but there are to many selfish taggers out there imposing their ugly stuff on everyone. It also has a tendency to devalue an area. If you want to sell your house, you will get less for it if someone has placed graffiti or tags on it.

In many cases graffiti adds colour to an area and it can therefore add artisitc value. In very few cases it will add property value and that is only if a majority of people feels attracted to that location due to the graffiti.
In many cases graffiti destroys the vibe of an area and I believe that it is a clichee that graffiti always adds artistic value. For a starter it is hardly ever done in respect to the architecture. I doubt that the majority of taggers ever consider imagery and colour after picking the location.

There should be and will be a space for art in the streets of our urban centres regardless of laws. This will not change in the future. It seems to be a natural need to our species to express ourselves as well as marking our territory. One might say that there is a primitive notion in that, but it does not change the nature of it.

Your views comments are as always welcome!

Cheers,

Victor Biola

 

Another few interesting blogs/sites that I found on this topic:

Site on Southern Californian graffiti and street art, set up in support of book ‘Graffiti L.A., Street Styles and Art –  http://graffitila.com/

Site of Chicago activists (pro-graffiti) – http://www.counterproductiveindustries.com/gbgc/

Detailed website on global graffiti, intelligent write-ups, interesting vids and good imagery!!! – http://www.ilovegraffiti.com

See also: http://ilovegraffiti-en.blogspot.com/2008/10/more-debate-in-australia.html

YouTube site – send in your video opinion on graffiti – www.youtube.com/coretv1

Interesting post with good background knowledge – http://cuidado06.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/19/

Opinions –  http://subcorpus.wordpress.com/2007/04/26/is-graffiti-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder/

Irish voice on the topic – http://kirribilli.wordpress.com/2008/05/25/artvandalism/