RESEARCH: and Group discussions

First up : Gaga for Dada: The original art rebels.

I enjoyed watching this video, I found it entertaining, informative and most of all engaging, so much so I watched it 3 times 😀

I discovered there was a lot more to Dada than weird collages, with it extending into broadcasting, poetry, art work on all levels and even programs and video. I had initially believed Dada was in some way always meant to by highly political in motivation, embracing monochrome art in a certain way.

I was astounded to see that Monty Python was part of the Dada trend, but then wholly  not surprised too, in that I was shocked yes I hadn’t considered it so, but once explained it made perfect sense and I understood the point of the Dadaist.

Art and nonsense, Dali himself, whilst not a Dadaist, did take inspiration from the works of those producing Dada pieces, Surrealism and Dadaism have a lot in common, both striving to destroy conventional thought or belief and producing works that were questioning rational scenes or dismembering them completely.

Related pages I looked at

“Hello Dali” Loui Jover –  Picture below:

Loui Jover Hello Dali.jpg

I see many similarities in this work to that of Dali and Monty Python alike, this piece is collage. Many artists practise Surrealism and it is hard to distinguish the two, much like myself being a Fine Artist and an Applied Artist, I am beginning to understand that it is less about what you think you create and more about the audience to which it appeals, in some cases, it is more blatant the meaning, while in other pieces it is riding in on an under currant.

Below: Cover of dada journal Mecano No. 3, 1922. Edited by I. K. Bonset, layout by Theo van Doesburg.


This is more like the imagery I associate with Dada, it is then possible to consider using Dadaist logic, or illogic as it may be,  and applying it indirectly to Surrealist art, either quite on purpose or accidentally, Dadaism is more widespread than I thought.

Looking at Core principals for visual design

Interpretation and Visual Communication :

We looked at media and how producers and presenters, play to the audience. Watching two identical news stories, both about the migrant crisis. one from America and one from Britain.

We discussed as a group the difference in the way the story was presented. The exact same story, from two different countries, was approached and presented in an entirely different way, With the American CNN showing the harsh reality of the boy being found washed up on the beach, showing his body on the sand and discussing how migrants are rolling in by the thousands, seemingly uncontrollably with no fear for the consequences. The BBC however, had an almost reverent approach, showing the boys body carefully cradled by a man taking him from the beach, the tones hushed and respectful they went and spoke to migrants who had survived the trip, asking why they would risk such a trip.

Of the two  I have to say I had the most respect for the British presenter, who was not only showing a deep loss at the deaths but then went and spoke to people to find the truth, to ask why? Was what they were fleeing really worth the risk? – Perhaps I am indoctrinated to see News presented this way, having been born and raised here in Birmingham U.K, but the CNN presenter made me feel less about the loss, and more concern that the country might soon be overrun by large numbers of people with no concern for there own safety or well being.

Seeing that the same story carried so much difference in the way in which it was communicated, simply expresses clearly the way Visual Communication can affect how we react. The story can be told many ways, different parts illuminated whilst others are left to the shadows. It is important to always research everything fully before accepting it as truth.


Creative Essays:

We also looked at novel and arty ways to present our essays. Given we have to produce  a 2000 word supporting essay in addition to our work, we were shown examples of how to make our essays a little more creative.

In one example a photography student presented his as a photographic essay, with each section being printed out on postcard sized card, interlaced with photographs and the whole thing placed in a box. I love this idea, and its excellent in a photographic field to show you can use it in all circumstances.

Another example was a video essay, which I will admit I didn’t exactly understand, although I appreciated it quite a lot, not understanding it or to what it related, really made it difficult to interpret and follow. As a group we discussed how it was relating to fashion and the impact of such on people.

It is nice to know that we do have creative, artistic license, when it comes to presenting our written work, it does make it a little more enjoyable and interesting to see if we can find our own way to present the information that is most relevant to our work.




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