Christmas Reading

December 27, 2011

A little gem of a book which should have found its way into a few more stockings this Xmas –

It contains a distillation of what the author considers to be the most important things that a person should learn from attending ‘art school’. As someone who has never attended art school of any sort (in fact my official artistic education didn’t even make it as far as GCSE (or ‘O’ level as it was then known) I didn’t actually find this irritating and/or patronising. In fact I thought some of the points were worth a wider audience in a media context so I’m going to blog about a few of them over the next few days/weeks/months.

Every borrowed or appropriated image carries an agenda

That agenda belongs to its original maker. If you are making collages from borrowed images or appropriating images for your own purposes, be aware that in order to make it yours, you must subvert its original agenda. Otherwise, that initial agenda will remain and override yours.

This is particularly relevant in the context of any intertextuality in your work. Most of you will have done this without thinking about it but it’s something that maybe you can consciously reflect upon in your blogs and consider how you have taken and changed the agenda of your source material.

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