“If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.”
So what do you think about the Economy, Equality, Education and Digital Politics. What’s Next? aims to find out.
Each week a different art collective, group of technologists, printers, designers will take over the KK Outlet gallery space and create work in response to a live twitter feed as people discuss a specific topic:
There will be a different panel discussion and workshop each week, exploring the themes of Economy, Equality, Digital Politics and Education. These panels are made up of a rich and inspiring collective of thinkers, doers and activists. Needless to say twenty%extra™ will be involved as part of the education panel chaired by Lawrence Zeegen.
What’s next? Do they have big plans on how to right today’s wrongs? Do they have new ideas on how deal with the problems they have inherited?
For the list of speakers for each panel discussion and to book free tickets, go here.
Economy panel discussion 7 June 2012, 7 – 9pm
Equality panel discussion 14 June 2012, 7 – 9pm
Digital Politics panel discussion 21 June 2012, 7 – 9pm
Education panel discussion 28 June 2012, 7 – 9pm
If you really want a job doing, you need to grab the bull by the horns, or in studio-mate Oli’s case, jump on a plane to Egypt. Olivier Kugler’s Cairo is a rich illustrative tapestry based on first hand experience, research and personal insight.
The prolific use of viewer generated content in news media has seen the idea of ‘on the ground’ reporting become a bit of a branded exercise in recent times. That is to say broadcasters either announce their exclusion from a situation or their direct access to unfettered information.
The Guardian picked up on this goldmine of alternative content to run a middle page spread worth every minute of time it takes to read and absorb. The content makes the broadsheet seem innovative and insightful, because, well, Olivier Kugler is innovative and insightful.
A system that can attack both fast and strong is neither a shoe, a shark or an advertising spot. Confused? You’ll understand soon enough. Kobe Bryant’s System works. It makes hard work seem like fun and the ambiguous process of achieving success seem simple.
Kobe’s impeccably delivered TED style presentation taps into the very current cultural zeitgeist of sharing knowledge while using a level of charm and wit as palpable as the drive required to win-win-win. The genius behind this campaign is the fact that Nike never dwell on product, instead focussing on end product.
Nike make content for content aggregators. Sure, everybody and their mum does that these days, but few create an array of content off of one idea that leaves each aggregator with the feeling that there’s a word they can spread that hasn’t been, as one might say, played out. Never before could a brand rustle up the marketing spend to air this much content. YouTube provides the conduit; Nike maximize the opportunity.
In summary, the strength of the idea underpins the expansive nature of the creative. Get that? You’re welcome.
We popped down to St. Pauls a few weeks back to finally see the Occupy London camp for our selves. Whilst talking to a young fella, we came across another occupant who happened to be giving his mum – who was apparently checking up on him on her way home from work – a tour of the site before she left. The story makes the last image in this series particularly poignant. The others speak for themselves.
Banksy pays real attention to the world around him, which is why unlike many artists – musical, visual or otherwise – his work will always be around us.
There’s an array of ideas of what makes for a vibrant, thriving community but derelict buildings and dirty streets rarely feature highly.
Taking a simple yet innovative approach to unused spaces, car lots and factories - Tony Goldman partnered with Jeffrey Deitch to create the Wynwood Walls project in 2009. In essence the project uses community spaces as a live canvas, inviting artists to create murals in areas that could more than do with a lick of paint. Since then the project has gone global, attracting high profile artists such as Shepard Fairey.
HCTN have recently launched a docuseries archives the transition of a neighbourhood; “exploring the power of Public Art and innovation to uplift and revitalize urban communities.”
Hopefully this regeneration concept really does catch on. With the global economy as it stands, approaches like these could help arrest the decline of communities everywhere.
You may be familiar with Natty’s 2008 pop hits Bedroom Eyes, July and Badman, however you might not know of Natty the activist. Teaming up with friends and some like minded folk Vibes & Pressure was born – an event that mixes music, art and activism.
Tonight at Passing Clouds, Vibes & Pressure present Steppin Raiser – a chance to debate the recent UK Riots with young people, community leaders and musicians. As well as food for thought there will also some for the belly, plus live music.
For more information please visit the FB page here.
“I really hate this shot [above]. It’s the worst of humankind. I always ask myself, ‘Why do you do this job?’ And the answer is: I want to show the best and worst of humankind. Every time you go to a conflict, you see the worst. We need to see what we do to be able to show future generations the mistake we make. The guy with the knife in his mouth is a human being like the rest of us, What’s important is that we show what human beings are capable of. The day I don’t do that with my photography is the day I’ll give up and open a restaurant.” – Alvaro Ybarra Zavala
While paparazzi photographers everywhere waste their [technical] talent and your time with what I’ll just describe as nonsense, there are journalistic photographers risking life and limb to capture some very harsh realities.
Featured in The Guardian, The shot that nearly killed me showcases essential imagery and supplementary written narratives that need to be both seen and heard. Here’s hoping you have the stomach for it.
Our Ansel is getting to be a dab hand [or is it mouth] at this public speaking malarkey. UpRise were invited to part of the ‘Art Against Cuts’ panel at this years Progressive London. His esteemed panellists included Bonnie Greer, Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger, Helen Gardener and Cllr Tulip Sidiq , who all said their bit about the recent cuts to the sector.
Ansel’s talk focussed on the need to rethink the definition and value of creativity, its outcomes and how to go about successfully engaging the wider society so they in turn become vocal advocates for the arts. Bonnie Greer was also in agreement, pointing out that the arts need to be able to measure the ‘outcomes’ in this new economy.